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Girls' basketball leads list of accomplishments for Providence High

Pioneers' teams claim four league championships in girls' basketball, boys' soccer, boys' golf and boys' volleyball during 2012-13 campaign.

August 20, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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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.

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The team was paced by Bea Benedicto and Katie Dabbaghian. For Benedicto, a senior forward, she was a physical, grinding presence, posting up and getting the majority of her points under the basket. In contrast, Dabbaghian, a sophomore guard, was the court general for the Pioneers, as her slashing style and quickness posed problems for opponents.

Despite their differences, both Benedicto and Dabbaghian enjoyed their share of success during the season. The two also had something else in common, as they earned All-CIF Southern Section honors. While Benedicto was a first-team choice in Division V-AA, Dabbaghian made the second team. It is the second straight season the pair garnered All-CIF accolades.

Benedicto was a four-year standout for the Pioneers. This past season she was voted the Liberty League Player of the year after sharing the honor as a junior. In addition, Benedicto leaves the Providence program after helping the team capture four straight league championships.

With Benedicto doing most of her damage in the paint, she averaged a team-high 9.9 points a game to go along with 5.6 rebounds. She also averaged 1.1 steals a game. Dabbaghian was perhaps the Pioneers' best all-around player. Along with averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, she also tallied 3.7 steals, 3.2 assists and nearly a block a game.

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