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Observer Sweet 16 countdown: Providence Day, Hickory Ridge

Providence Day’s girls basketball team is again a CISAA conference favorite in 2018-19
Providence Day’s girls basketball team is again a CISAA conference favorite in 2018-19 Special to the Observer

NO. 9 PROVIDENCE DAY CHARGERS

Head Coach: Josh Springer (12th year as Providence Day head coach; 288-46 at Providence Day).

2017-18 Record: 24-7 (9-1 in the CISAA conference).

Returning Starters (4): Andi Levitz, Jr., G (5-5); MiLeia Owens, Jr., G (5-5); Nina Simone Clark, Jr., G (5-5) (Will miss season with injury); Kailey Smith, Jr., G (5-7).

Other Key Returning Players: Grace Godwin, Jr., (5-8); El Ferguson, So. (5-7); Emnet Naod, So. (5-8); Anna Riley Guitierrez, So. (5-7); Taylor Sanchez, So. (5-6).

Key Newcomers: Scarlet Greer, Fr. (5-7); Morgan Kelson, Jr. (5-10).

Outlook: When you go 24-7 overall and lose in the NCISAA 3A state semifinals and that’s a disappointing season, you know just how good your team has become. Coach Josh Springer and his team have set an impossible standard, but the goal every year is to win a CISAA conference and state championship. This year will be no different as junior guards Andi Levitz (9 ppg) and MiLeia Owens (6 ppg) will play lead roles in the pursuit of adding to the Chargers’ championship lore.

--JAY EDWARDS

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Hickory Ridge’s girls remain No. 1 in the Observer’s girls Sweet 16 poll this week. Tolonda Rose-Simmons Special to the Observer

HICKORY RIDGE RAGIN’ BULLS

Head Coach: Tolonda Simmons (6th year as Hickory Ridge head coach).

2017-18 Record: 26-2 (14-0 in the Southwestern 4A conference).

Returning Starters (1): Nia Daniel, Sr., G (5-10).

Other Key Returning Players: Jada Shears, Jr., G (5-9); Reagan Dickens, So., F (5-11).

Key Newcomers: Jasmine Fearne, Fr., G (5-11); Kennedy Calhoun, So., PG (5-5)

Outlook: The Ragin’ Bulls are 81-8 in the last three seasons, including a 26-2 record a year ago when they won the SW4A title and advanced to the third round of the 4A state playoffs. With senior guard and reigning SW4A player of the year Nia Daniels (15 ppg, 6 rpg, University of North Carolina commit) back to lead the way, Hickory Ridge has a good chance to repeat as league championships and go deep into the 4A state playoffs.

--JAY EDWARDS

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