Columbus Africentric wins 57-37 over Smithville


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kiyanna Black showed at a critical time why she is the Associated Press Division III co-player of the year. Black helped lead Columbus Africentric to a 57-37 girls state semifinal win against Smithville on Thursday.

Africentric, champions in 2007 and 2008, will play the winner of the Findlay Liberty-Benton-Anna game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Black had 16 points and was at her best late in the second quarter when Smithville (26-1) cut a 10-point deficit in half. She responded with a three-pointer, a jumper in the lane and a running bank shot to carry the Nubians to 27-19 at halftime.

The Nubians (22-4) outscored Smithville 16-8 in the third quarter and were never threatened.

Darianne Seward added 13 for Africentric while Tara Schaffter had 17 points for the Smithies.