BURBANK — The Providence High girls' basketball team couldn't have asked for a better start in its playoff game Wednesday night.
The Pioneers opened up their CIF Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal game against No. 2 Fairmont Prep by scoring the first seven points of the contest, while forcing three turnovers.
Motivated by the opportunity to guide the program to its third-straight semifinal berth, the Pioneers looked determined and invigorated.
Unfortunately for Providence, they then hit a monumental skid and a scoring drought that began in the first quarter and carried over into the second. The Huskies took full advantage and the Pioneers were never able to recover, going down to a 69-39 defeat at home.
Providence (18-7), the No. 7 seed and champion of the Liberty League, was attempting to get to the semifinals in a new division after reaching the final four in Division V-AA the two previous seasons.