Last season, the Providence High girls’ basketball team went into the CIF State Basketball Championships with wide-eyed wonder.
The Pioneers program had never participated in state competition and the team ventured blindly into uncharted territory.
But Providence made it seem like it had been there before, defeating Rock Academy, 68-35, and then Orangewood Academy, 44-34, before advancing to the regional semifinals. In the game, Providence saw its season come to an end with a 64-28 loss to Mission Prep.
For the second straight season, the Pioneers are back in the state tournament. Seventh-seeded Providence (19-10) will take on No. 10 Tri-City Christian (23-6) from Vista in the San Diego Section at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division V opener on the Pioneers’ home court.
“You look at the four seniors that we have on the team and just how far the program has come in the last your years,” Providence Coach Andrew Bencze said. “That’s because of all of their hard work. It’s really nice for them to be able to play in a state tournament for the second straight year.