|OHSAA Girls State Basketball Capsules|
|Friday, March 14, 2014 8:06 PM|
By RUSTY MILLER
Versailles 67, Proctorville Fairland 60
COLUMBUS — Second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Christa Puthoff had 15 points and Versailles hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute to hold off Proctorville Fairland 67-60 in a Division III girls state semifinal on Friday.
Katie Heckman added 13 of the Tigers’ 27 bench points and Lauren Bruns scored 10.
Versailles (24-3), chasing its second state title, meets Columbus Africentric, a 44-22 winner over Smithville, in today’s championship game.
Unranked Fairland (22-4) led by 10 points early but the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter to go up by 12. The Dragons pulled as close as five before ninth-ranked Versailles put the game away at the line.
Caitlin Stone had 15 points, Taylor Perry 13 and Terra Stapleton 11 for Fairland.
Africentric 44, Smithville 22
First-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Alexa Hart had eight points and 11 blocked shots to lead Columbus Africentric past Smithville 44-22 on Friday in a Division III state girls semifinal.
Ayrielle Stith scored 11 points for the Nubians (26-2).
Africentric, ranked eighth in the final regular-season Associated Press poll, goes for its fourth championship in the last eight years today.
Hart, who was co-player of the year in the division, is an Ohio State signee.
With the score tied at 9, the Nubians scored 15 of the next 20 points. When Smithville pulled within six points early in the final quarter, Stith hit a 3, made a steal and then had a long assist to start a 16-0 run.
Olivia Besancon led unranked Smithville (26-3) with nine points.
Cincinnati Princeton 60, Tol. Notre Dame Academy 52
Ms. Basketball Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points and top-ranked Cincinnati Princeton beat Toledo Notre Dame Academy 60-52 Friday night in a Division I girls state semifinal at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
Carlie Pogue added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Vikings (27-2), who shoot for their second big-school state title in today’s final.
Mitchell also had six assists, four rebounds and a steal.
Tierra Floyd, like Mitchell a first-team all-stater, had 21 points for the seventh-ranked Eagles (24-4), with Kaayla Mcintyre adding 16.
Princeton outscored Notre Dame 12-5 in the third quarter and then hung on by hitting 7-of-10 free throws in the last 1:03 — three by Mitchell, who is headed to Ohio State along with her twin sister, Chelsea.
North Canton Hoover 61, Dublin Coffman 44
Third-team all-stater Kaylee Stroemple had 18 points and fell only two points shy of matching Dublin Coffman in the first half in leading North Canton Hoover to a 61-44 victory on Friday in a Division I girls state semifinal.
Hoover is 26-2 and is ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press regular-season poll. It will play for its second state title tonight.
Second-team All-Ohioan Julie Worley had 16 points and first-teamer Marquia Turner had 14.
Kamerine Taylor hit her first four 3-pointers and ended up 5 of 8 with 17 points for Coffman, which is 22-7.
The Lady Vikings were powered by a 24-2 edge in points in the paint. They led 32-18 at the half as Stroemple had 16.