PROVIDENCE HIGH — There were times Thursday when the Providence High girls' basketball team looked like a poised group ready to make a deep postseason run. However, at other times the Pioneers looked like a squad that suffered from nerves and had problems taking care of the ball.
It was definitely a challenging way for Providence to open the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs.
The third-seeded Pioneers did enough to gain a first-round win against Arrowhead Christian Academy, as they staved off a late comeback attempt to notch a 54-45 home victory.
With the win, the Pioneers (23-4), the three-time Liberty League champions, will take on Brethren Christian (18-9) at 7 p.m. Saturday at a site to be determined. Brethren Christian, the No. 3 team from the Academy League, defeated Hamilton, 41-17, in a first-round game Thursday.