BURBANK — Almost two weeks removed from its last competitive action, the Providence High girls’ basketball team showed some rust.
Yet, the Pioneers also showed some grit, highlighted by a defense that forced 28 turnovers and scored enough transition baskets to make up for a slow offensive effort in a 42-29 victory over visiting Vista Tri-City Christian in the opening round of the CIF State Division V basketball playoffs Wednesday evening at the Fritz Burns Student Activity Center.
With the win, the seventh-seeded Pioneers (20-10) advance to Saturday’s second round at 7 p.m. at second-seeded Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (19-9).
“The one thing that we do well is we play defense and get after it,” Pioneers Coach Andrew Bencze said. “There’s not a lot of girls’ basketball teams that really play man-defense. One of the reasons why we do it is because it’s very difficult to score. A team like ours, we can really be hit or miss offensively and tonight we were much more miss.”