Girls Basketball

Africentric girls team again thinking big


With Kiyanna Black leading the way, the Africentric girls basketball team won its third state championship last season.

The Nubians, who beat Anna 70-66 in overtime in the Division III state final and finished 23-4, lost Black to graduation. She is playing for Ohio University.

Africentric has returned nearly all of Black's supporting cast from a year ago, however, and is off to strong start.

Marley Hill, a 6-2 post player who has signed with Cincinnati, is the only senior returnee.

Also back are juniors Kyra Jones (5-8, guard), Darianne Seward (5-5, guard), Alexus Parks (5-5, guard), Ayrielle Stith (5-7, guard/forward) and Sierra Harley (5-8, guard) and sophomores Dayunna Johnson (5-3, guard) and Dejanique Franks (5-5, guard).

Africentric has won seven consecutive City-South championships, including five City titles during that span. The Nubians lost to Northland 45-37 in the City championship game last season.

Africentric beat Eastmoor, which placed second in the City-South a year ago, 86-65 on Dec. 4 for its 100th consecutive league victory.

"We're really looking forward to (continuing the success we've had in recent years)," said 10th-year coach Will McKinney, who entered the season with an 186-43 record with the Nubians. "We'll work with each other more this year. There's more of a team bond."