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Harding High girls are Sweet 16 champions for first time

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Harding High’s girls basketball team ended its 2012-13 season with 19 straight wins. The Rams became the first Mecklenburg County public school to win back-to-back N.C. High School Athletic Association state titles.

The Rams are Observer Sweet 16 champions for the first time.

Harding finished the year with a record of 24-4 and beat Chapel Hill 56-52 at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum to get that second straight state championship and make history.

“There’s no more we can do,” Harding coach Anthony Jones said. “We went out like we wanted to – as winners and champions.”

Final Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Poll

Rnk. School (Class) Record Prev.
1 Harding (3A) 24-4 7
2. Providence Day (IND) 27-4 2
3. Porter Ridge (4A) 26-4 4
4. North Mecklenburg (4A) 26-4 9
5. Myers Park (4A) 29-1 1
6. Bandys (2A) 27-3 8
7. Lake Norman Charter (1A) 24-6 NR
8. Hickory (3A) 26-3 5
9. Alexander Central (4A) 25-5 10
10. Robinson (3A) 23-6 NR
11. Freedom (3A) 23-4 6
12. Monroe (1A) 25-2 16
13. East Burke (2A) 24-6 14
14. Carson (3A) 21-8 NR
15. North Iredell (3A) 18-8 NR
16. Weddington (3A) 21-7 13

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