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Providence Day routs Ravenscroft 42-21 to capture 7th straight girls’ state championship

Providence Day celebrates its victory against Ravenscroft in the NCISAA 3A girls basketball championship game in Raleigh on Saturday. Providence Day won 42-21.
Providence Day celebrates its victory against Ravenscroft in the NCISAA 3A girls basketball championship game in Raleigh on Saturday. Providence Day won 42-21. newsobserver.com

Providence Day’s girls’ basketball team is starting to look unbeatable in the N.C. Independent Schools’ 3A state playoffs.

The Chargers won their seventh straight championship Saturday, with a dominant defensive performance. Providence Day beat Raleigh Ravenscroft 42-21 on Ravenscroft’s home court in front of a sold-out crowd.

The Chargers limited Ravenscroft to no points in a decisive third quarter where the lead soared from eight points to 22. In three postseason games, Providence Day (27-2) has allowed 16, 24 and 21 points.

“We pride ourselves on defense,” said Providence Day senior Izzy Gallant, who won her fifth state championship Saturday – she has four in basketball, one in tennis. “Coach (Josh) Springer, he really emphasizes defense and we take pride in it.”

In the game’s final 17 minutes, Ravenscroft scored nine points. Providence Day didn’t have those problems. Junior center Janelle Bailey had 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Senior Erin Whalen, who signed with Vanderbilt, had 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and a block.

Whalen won her second state title with the basketball team after transferring from Ardrey Kell, an N.C. 4A public-school power.

“It was the right move for me,” Whalen said. “I’ve been surrounded by great teammates and great coaches. It’s been special.”

Providence Day has appeared in 12 straight state finals and won 11 of the past 12 state championships. For Gallant, who said she couldn’t imagine losing her last game, Saturday’s win had extra special meaning.

“I can’t even describe how it feels,” she said with a smile. “I don’t have words for it. It just feels really, really good.”

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