Twelve regional high school girls’ basketball teams converged on Charlotte Monday at Providence Day for the Chargers’ third annual Martin Luther King Showcase. The host Chargers won their matchup against the Collegiate Gray War Eagles 57-40 to improve to 16-3 on the season.
Providence Day’s twin towers, 6-foot-3 sophomore Janelle Bailey and 6-1 junior Erin Whalen, dominated. Bailey poured in 17 points while Whalen scored a game-high 18 points including three 3-pointers. Freshman Kennedy Boyd also checked in with double figures at 11 all free throws. Boyd, who went a perfect 11 of 11 from the line.
Bailey scored 12 of her points in the first half. Chargers coach Josh Springer was asked if the goal was to get her the ball down low early.
“That’s the focus most nights,” he said. “Janelle has really had a fantastic sophomore year. Last year she was All-State as a freshman and she’s the focal point inside of our offensive game plan.”
Bailey credited her teammates for consistently getting her the ball.
“I would say they found me early,” she said. “Also having someone like Erin outside took the pressure off me, and their defense was never sure what to do.”
Taylor Beadle and Haviyyah Howard each combined for 13 points to lead the War Eagles (11-8).
Providence Day led by six at the half, but steadily increased its lead in the second half. Whalen had two of her three 3-pointers in the second half while Boyd had nine of her 11 points after the break.
Whalen talked about the excitement of playing in the showcase tournament as a player of the host team.
“We all knew it was going to be great competition, she said. “Every year for the past three years it’s been really good teams coming out.”
The first two years of the showcase started with eight teams, and was expanded to 12 teams this year featuring public and private schools from North and South Carolina and Georgia.
It’s been an exciting day of basketball,” said Springer. “We’ve got about 30 college coaches here; a great event for all the kids to get out and get exposure, and for high school programs to play another great opponent within the Southeast region.”
Davidson Day 66, Campbell High School () 44
New Hope Christian (NC) 48, Rabun Gap () 30
Northside Christian 62, Northwood Academy (SC) 41
Carolina Day 53, Bishop McGuinness (NC) 47
Providence Day 57, Collegiate Gray (SC) 40
Dudley 65, Monroe 33