Balser

Hadiya Balser (No. 4) was selected to play in the North Carolina Private School All-Star game.

The O’Neal girls’ basketball team is right back where it ended last season — playing for a state title.

The Falcons were set to play Davidson Day School in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 2-A state championship Saturday in Charlotte. Results of the game were not available by press time.

Last season, the same two teams met in the finals with Davidson Day School winning.

Earlier this season, the two teams met in a game played at O’Neal and the Falcons pulled out a 39-23 win.

The Falcons reached the finals by knocking off Wayne Country Day 38-33 Friday in a semifinal contest.

For O’Neal senior Hadiya Balser has one game remaining after the state championship clash. She has been selected to play in the 2020 North Carolina Private School All-Star game for the East squad.

O’Neal will also be represented by Falcon head coach Lulu Brase in the all-star game. She will be joined by her assistant coach Porter Hunt in coaching the East team in the all-star game.

The games (boys and girls) will be played Saturday at Providence Day School. The games featured some of the top senior boys and girls basketball players in the state of North Carolina.

Head coaches and athletic directors from across the state nominated more than 100 players for consideration for the game.

Selection committees then worked to narrow the rosters down into two teams for each game.

The girls’ game has four players that have already signed to play at the collegiate level while 15 players in the boys’ game have earned scholarships.

The games will take place in Mosack Athletic Center on the campus of Providence Day School. The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 2:30 p.m.

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