Africentric defeats Anna in OT to win girls D3

Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kiyanna Black had 27 points, including the first four of overtime, to help Columbus Africentric defeat unbeaten Anna 70-66 to win the girls Division III title Saturday.

The Nubians (23-4) also won Division IV titles in 2007 and 2009.

Anna (27-1) saw its 50-game winning streak end. The Rockets had put up a fight; rallying from six behind in the final 35 seconds of regulation, then cutting an eight-point overtime deficit to 68-66.

Anna's Natalie Billing stole the ball with 30 seconds left in overtime and went for the tying basket but it was blocked by Jaren Francis. The Nubians ran the clock down, and Ayrielle Stith made two foul shots with 1.8 seconds left for the final points.

Billing had 22 points, and teammate Ashley Frohne had 21.