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Providence Day girls win fifth straight NCISAA 3A state basketball championship

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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    - Langston Wertz Jr.
    Providence Day’s girls basketball team celebrates its fifth straight state title Saturday at Forsyth Country Day School in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship game
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    - Langston Wertz Jr.
    Providence Day McDonald’s All-American Jatarie White hugs head coach Josh Springer after the Chargers beat Greensboro Day in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship Saturday in Lewisville
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    - Langston Wertz Jr.
    Providence Day players receive the state championship plaque at the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championshp Saturday at Forsyth Country Day

LEWISVILLE In her first three years at Providence Day, McDonald’s All-American Jatarie White had won three N.C. Independent Schools state championships.

There was no way White was going to end her senior year without a fourth.

“I was dreaming about it (Friday) night,” White said after an easy-as-it-sounds 45-20 win over Greensboro Day at Forsyth Country Day School. “I was thinking about all the ways I could help my teammates get involved. I figured if I didn’t get them involved, we could struggle.”

White, a South Carolina recruit, had 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. When Greensboro Day (30-3) brought a myriad of double teams, White ran up six assists, finding teammates like Nikyah Morgan (11 points) and Janelle Bailey (11 points, six rebounds, three blocks) for easy baskets. Point guard Emma Pixley – who has set a school-record with seven state titles in basketball, soccer and tennis – handled the Bengals’ pressure defense with aplomb.

And after scouting Greensboro Day and noticing the Bengals were a really good driving team and not particularly good shooting outside, Chargers coach Josh Springer trotted out a 2-3 zone that Greensboro Day never figured out.

The Bengals, who average nearly 60 points per game, went scoreless for 11 minutes and 18 seconds – from around the middle of the second quarter until well into the fourth. By then, this championship was decided. Providence Day (27-3) won its fifth state title in a row and its ninth in 10 years. In fact, since winning a state title in 1982, Providence Day has won 14 of the past 32.

Dynasty-ville.

“It doesn’t get old,” Springer said, “but it gets harder every year. I know coaches use exaggerations all the time, but I’ve been at PD for seven years and we’ve never defended against any opponent, at any time, better than we did today. I’m really proud of our girls.”

Carolina Day 57, Davidson Day 36: Davidson Day fell behind 34-8 at halftime and never could recover in the 2A state final. Carolina Day won its fourth straight state title. Davidson Day was led by all-state freshman Maya Caldwell (10 points).

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