Africentric Girls Win Another State Title

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Sierra Harley had 14 points off the bench and Alexa Hart set the tone with six blocked shots in the first seven minutes to lead Columbus Africentric to a 49-37 victory over Versailles on Saturday night in the Division III state championship. The title was the fourth for the eighth-ranked Nubians (27-2), who lost in the title game last year after winning it all in 2012. Alexis Parks added 12 points. The imposing presence of the 6-foot-2 Hart, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, helped Africentric grab an early double-digit lead. After Hart left with foul trouble, the Nubians were content to patiently work for baskets while continuing with their high-pressure defense. Christa Puthoff and Emily Harman each had nine points for ninth-ranked Versailles (24-4). (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)