Berlin Hiland defeats Tri-Village in 53-47 win


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- McKenzie Miller had 17 points and Regina Hochstetler added 14 as Berlin Hiland will play for its fifth state title after defeating New Madison Tri-Village 53-47 in a Division IV girls state semifinal on Thursday.

The pair helped the Hawks (19-8) to a 28-23 halftime lead. The Patriots (25-2) cut a 10-point deficit to 47-45 with 1:15 left. But free throws, including two by Miller with 10 seconds remaining, sealed the Hawks' win.

Kayla Linkous, the Associated Press Division IV co-player of the year, scored all 19 of her points in the second half. Each team made eight three-pointers in the game to set an all-division semifinal record for threes.

Hiland will play Arlington, a 55-44 winner over Mansfield St. Peter's, on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.