CHARLOTTE – Providence Day is among four girl basketball teams still vying for NCISAA titles after pulling off a 48-47 win over Cannon.
Morgan Kelson had 17 points and nine rebounds in the win. She has been the Chargers’ best player all year.
The junior averages 12 points and seven rebounds per game, but this team is more balanced than ones in the past, where Providence Day relied heavily on a player or two to carry them.
“We have a lot of different people who can make plays for us, and if you look at our stats, you see a lot of balanced scoring, rebounding and assists,” Springer said earlier this season. “It’s our program motto that it’s not about me or just one player, and that’s true more than ever this season.”
To his point, juniors Andi Levitz (9.2 points), Kailey Smith (6.6 points), Grace Godwin (5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds) and MiLeia Owens (5.4 points and 3.7 assists) along with sophomores El Ferguson (4.4 points) and Anna Riley Gutierrez (4.0 points) have combined to make this season another successful one.
In the semifinals, the Chargers will face North Raleigh Christian (24-4). The Knights have won nine straight, including a one-point win over Greensboro Day in the quarterfinals.
The Providence Day girls basketball team won seven straight NCISAA titles from 2010 to 2016 under coach Josh Springer. Last season, the girls went 24-7 but fell in the semifinals to Rabun Gap, a three-point loss that ended the streak.