During its 50-game win streak, Anna had taken advantage of all its
opportunities. Saturday in the Division III state final, the Rockets let
one too many slip through their hands.
DIVISION III STATE FINAL
Columbus Africentric 70, Anna 66
During its 50-game win streak, Anna had taken advantage of all its opportunities. Saturday in the Division III state final, the Rockets let one too many slip through their hands.
Riding a heroic effort from senior guard Kiyanna Black, Columbus Africentric won its third state title since 2007 and first in D-III with a 70-66 win over the Rockets before a crowd of 4,191 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
Black, an Ohio University recruit, had 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Anna, the defending D-III state champion and Ohio’s No. 1 team all season, rallied from a 6-point deficit with 35 seconds left in regulation to force OT and cut an eight point OT deficit with under two minutes to go to 68-66 but couldn’t hit from point blank range on two key closing-second possesions. The Rockets couldn’t hit from the free throw line all game. Anna shot a miserable 19-of-34 from the foul line.
In a back and forth game that saw 13 lead changes and seven ties, Black was the one constant. She scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the second half and OT as Africentric rallied from a 31-25 halftime deficit.
It was the second undefeated team that Africentric beat in the state tournament. The Nubians dispatched previously unbeaten Smithville in the Semifinals.
* Player of the Game: Kiyanna Black, senior, Africentric…Ohio University recruit turned in a remarkable performance. Despite playing with four fouls, Black had 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 28 minutes. In the semis on Thursday, Black had 16 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds in a 57-37 win over previously unbeaten Smithville.
* Stat of the Game: Despite combining for 136 points, the teams also combined to go 1-of-7 from 3-point range. Anna’s Erica Huber was the only player to make a shot beyond the arc.
Photos by Christine Bates (JJHuddle.com)