Myers Park’s girls, ranked No. 13 in MaxPreps national poll, stopped No. 16 New Hope Christian on Saturday in Columbia, and Mustangs coach Barbara Nelson is beginning to feel good about her team again.
“I feel like at Christmas, we were teetering on whether we wanted to be good or not,” said Nelson, whose team this season will try to become the first Mecklenburg 4A team to repeat as state champions. “I did not see the commitment level I’d seen the year before and the Christmas break was good for us.
“It gave everyone a chance to evaluate themselves and recommit to what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Saturday, Myers Park won 62-58, dropping New Hope to 23-2. Southern California recruit Aliyah Mazyck led the Mustangs with 15 points. McKenna Haire had 13 and N.C. State recruit and reigning Observer player of the year D.D. Rogers added 11.
Myers Park will play at East Mecklenburg on Tuesday before playing Rocky River on Friday for first place in the Southwestern 4A. Myers Park is No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll. Rocky River is No. 6.
“We didn’t necessarily play great (against New Hope),” Nelson said, “but we played well enough to win. We were 12-of-29 from the free-throw line and we had more turnovers than we’re used to, but it was a good atmosphere and it was good for us to see where we are as we continue to get better.”