This is the second in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools during the 2012-13 year. This installment is Providence High:
In a city rich with basketball talent and success, the Providence High girls' program grabbed its share of headlines and built up a rich tradition with a string of successful players and teams the past few years.
During the 2012-13 campaign, it was that Pioneers hoops squad that led the way among the school's sports teams.
Along with winning their fourth straight Liberty League title, the No. 2-seeded Pioneers did well in the Division V-AA playoffs again, defeating Downey Calvary Chapel, 48-20, Linfield Christian, 69-44, and Bishop Union, 62-43, to advance to the semifinals. However, Providence wasn't able to advance to the program's first championship game after losing to Village Christian, 46-45.
In the CIF State Basketball Championships, Providence won its first-round game against Tri-County Christian, 42-29, before falling to No. 2 Sierra Canyon, 78-30.