The Harding girls won a surprising state championship for the 2011-12 season. After losing two games in a Christmas tournament at the end of 2012, Harding didn’t lose a game in 2013. The Rams beat Chapel Hill 56-52 for a second straight N.C. 3A title in March and made history.
The Rams became the first Mecklenburg County girls’ team to win back-to-back N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships.
Harding had a comfortable lead for most of the game, but Chapel Hill cut it to three points with 1 minute, 22 seconds to play. Abrea Harris, who had briefly transferred away, wouldn’t let her team lose. She won her second straight championship MVP award after scoring six of her 11 points in the last seven minutes. Harding won 18 straight games to end a magical season.
“These girls have done something that no one has ever, ever done,” Harding coach Anthony Jones said. “Not 1A, 2A, 3A or 4A. None of them won back-to-back. Let’s enjoy this moment.”
Langston Wertz Jr.
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