On what seemed like an average Tuesday afternoon 10 years ago last month, my editor, Lee Cochran, and I debated the merits of covering the Pickerington High School girls basketball team's OCC-Ohio Division game at Newark.

On what seemed like an average Tuesday afternoon 10 years ago last month, my editor, Lee Cochran, and I debated the merits of covering the Pickerington High School girls basketball team's OCC-Ohio Division game at Newark.

I sort of talked him out of it, citing, among other reasons, that it only was the second week of another long winter season and that much of the staff was pining for a break following a hectic stretch assembling team previews. Moreover, the Tigers had rolled to 181 consecutive league victories, so nothing out of the ordinary was expected, or so I convinced my boss.

The date was Dec. 4, 2001. Little did we know the Wildcats, who already had lost three games, were about to do the unthinkable by pulling off a 43-32 upset to halt a winning streak that dated to 1987.

I thought back to that day when it recently came to my attention that Africentric had put together an impressive winning streak in the City League-South. An 82-27 victory Jan. 20 over Briggs pushed that streak to 94 with four league games remaining this season, including Jan. 24 against Columbus South and a home rematch Feb. 3 against dangerous Eastmoor Academy.

The Nubians, who overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat the Warriors 65-54 on Jan. 10, began their streak in December 2005. Along the way, they captured Division IV state titles in 2007 and 2009 while also reaching the championship game in 2008.

The Tigers, meanwhile, collected Division I state titles in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998 and 1999 as their league winning streak played out. There also were state runner-up finishes in 1994 and 2000.

To some extent, an air of invincibility now envelops the Nubians in the City-South just as it did the Tigers back in the day. Pickerington's players and coaches didn't merely expect to win but seemingly knew they were going to win, and a lot of us were guilty of getting caught up in that.

Standouts have come and gone at Africentric during its streak, from Shardai Morrison-Fountain and Ashar Harris to Raven Ferguson and now Kiyanna Black. It was the same at Pickerington, where the proverbial torch passed from the likes of Beth Ostendorf and Amber Stocks on to Tamara Stocks and Marscilla Packer.

Winning streaks such as these point to the overall health of a program and steady influence of coaches Will McKinney at Africentric and Dave Butcher at Pickerington, both of whom also had their share of outside help as players moved into their respective school districts to be a part of something special.

Africentric's Marley Hill transferred in from Pickerington Central and teammate Jaren Francis from Harvest Prep just this season, and don't forget future McDonald's All-American LaToya Turner arrived at Pickerington from Columbus West before her sophomore season. By the time she graduated the Tigers had put the exclamation point on their memorable run with USA Today's mythical national championship in 1999.

If the Nubians can continue their winning streak, the 100th consecutive league victory would come in the second City-South game next season. They would need to continue winning until the 13th league game in 2017-18 to equal Pickerington's total, however.

That would seem to be asking an awful lot, especially since the girls game as a whole is a better product now than it was in the early days of Pickerington's streak. Simply put, there's more parity in the 21st century.

Besides, winning streaks confined to a single season can have a tangible conclusion with the resolution coming in the form of a championship. When they're expanded to cover multiple seasons, winning streaks really become more of a journey than a destination.

So they should be enjoyed as such before they end, as all things do. And as Newark showed us all, sometimes there's very little warning.