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2012-13 All-Observer Girls Basketball: Providence Day’s Jatarie White earns top honor

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Providence Day’s Jatarie White is the sixth straight Mecklenburg County player to win the All-Observer girls’ basketball player of the year award.

White follows two-time winners Christal Caldwell of West Charlotte (2008, ’09), Butler’s Cierra Burdick (2010, ’11) and Providence Day’s Tiffany Mitchell (2012) as player of the year award winners.

Caldwell, a junior at West Virginia, was named first team All-Big 12 this season. Burdick, a sophomore at Tennessee, was named SEC player of the month in March. Mitchell, a freshman at South Carolina, was named SEC freshman of the week in January. She started 30 of 33 games and was the Gamecocks’ fourth leading scorer.

This season, White, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. She led Providence Day to its fourth straight N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship. White is ranked No. 12 nationally by ESPN. On Saturday, she was named the Observer’s All-Mecklenburg County player of the year. Earlier this year, she was named N.C. Gatorade and N.C. Associated Press state player of the year.

The All-Observer girls’ coach of the year is Porter Ridge’s Ina Thompson, who earlier this week won the Observer’s All-Region coach of the year.

Thompson led Porter Ridge to a 26-4 record and an appearance in the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game, one game short of the state final.

It was Porter Ridge’s first trip to the regionals.

•  The All-Observer teams are voted on by the newspaper’s high school sports staff. Players must be nominated by their schools. The All-Mecklenburg team, for the top players inside Meck County, was announced Saturday.

The All-Region team, for the top players outside Mecklenburg County, was released Thursday. They are both available at charlotteobserver.com/preps The All-Observer team is a collection of the top players from the newspaper’s 133-school coverage area in North and South Carolina.

All-Observer Girls

Jatarie White, Providence Day, 6-3, Jr., F: Averaged 19 ppg, 10 rpg and 3.5 blocks; Gatorade N.C. player of year led her team to NCISAA 3A state title.

Destiny Barrino, North Mecklenburg, 5-8, Jr., G: I-Meck 4A conference player of the year led the Vikings to a 26-4 record and their first regional appearance in five years. Averaged 13 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 spg, 2 apg.

D.D. Rogers, Myers Park, 6-0, So., F: Leading scorer for 29-1 team that was nationally ranked nearly all season. Averaged 13.4 ppg, 2.4 bpg, 2.7 spg. Named Southwestern 4A player of the year.

Stephanie Watts, Weddington, 5-10, So., G: Southern Carolina conference player of the year averaged 22.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.5 steals and shot 51 percent from the floor.

Brielle Blaire, Salisbury, 6-3, Jr., F: Averaged 24.1 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 3.5 blocks. Has more than 1,500 career points and scored nearly half her team’s points this season.

Player of the year: White, Providence Day

Coach of the year: Ina Thompson, Porter Ridge

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