Myers Park’s nationally ranked girls basketball team made history Saturday night in the Dean Smith Center.
The Mustangs, No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, beat Southeast Raleigh for the second straight year in the N.C. 4A state championship game. But Saturday’s 52-47 win was much tougher than last year’s 61-46 win in Raleigh.
For the first time in the 2015 playoffs, Myers Park looked a little mortal, but when the Mustangs needed it most, championship MVP D.D. Rogers delivered. She scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half, after picking up three fouls in the first half. She also had seven rebounds and two steals. Rogers was named championship game MVP for the second straight season.
Myers Park, ranked No. 4 in USA Today’s national poll, became the first Mecklenburg County 4A girls team to repeat as state champion. West Charlotte reached the 2008 and 2009 final. The Lions won in 2009 behind N.C. state player of the year Christal Caldwell.
“I don’t know if this one is more special than last year,” Mustangs senior Morgan Uptegraff said. “Each one is different for us. Last year was our first one, and this year, we had a new team with seven new players. I think it was harder because we had a lot of new girls who had never been in a situation like this.”