The Carolina Day girls basketball team won their sixth consecutive NCISAA 2A Championship in Raleigh. The second-seeded Wildcats beat #1 seed Davidson Day, 43-34. The Wildcats have been coached since 2009 by Joe Carrington and have three seniors — Tess Harris, Mikayla Ray, and Franziska Schaper.
Harris, recently voted to the NCISAA All-Star West team, and a Western Carolina signee, believes that the Cats were successful for a variety of reasons, but “this effort proves great things can happen if you believe in team and are willing to sacrifice for each other.”
"After my ACL injury, I was committed to returning to this team and helping us achieve something really special. I am so proud of what we have accomplished,” said Ray.
Ray has a number of college offers on the table and hopes to make a thoughtful decision in the near future.
"We just came together at the right time and we are all playing our best at the end of the season. Mikayla [Ray] was really emotional before the game and everyone was inspired by that. We wanted to go out with a bang for our seniors," said Carolina Day School junior Ralene Kwiatkowski.
This is the Wildcats sixth straight NCISAA 2A state titles. Carolina Day's previous two state championships in girls basketball occurred in 1995 and 1996 at the NCISAA 1A level under former coach Jack Warren.
For more information about Carolina Day School, its prekindergarten through twelve independent day school program, call 828-274-0757 or visit carolinaday.org.