South Charlotte

Chargers senior is Player of the Year

Providence Day senior girls' basketball player Tiffany Mitchell was named North Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year for girls' basketball by ESPNHS last Thursday.

The award makes her a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced in March.

The award recognizes "not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court," according to a news release.

Mitchell averaged 19.6 points, seven rebounds, four steals and 2.8 assists this year while leading Providence Day to a third straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship.

She scored 20 points and had nine rebounds in the state championship win against Greensboro Day and has been named to the NCISAA all-state team all four years of her high school career.

The 5-foot-11 guard also has a 3.41 GPA, is a member of Providence Day's Cultural Alliance Club and has volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor.

Mitchell is signed to play college basketball at South Carolina next year.

"Tiffany's statistics speak for themselves," said Charlotte Latin head coach Deb Savino in a statement. "She plays hard, doesn't showboat and is a game-changer.

"She is always working toward getting better as a player."

Butler High graduate CIERRA Burdick, who now plays at Tennessee, won the award the last two years.