Girls Basketball

Africentric adjusts its offense to earn berth in regional final


The Africentric Early College girls basketball team has proven it can win in various ways throughout the postseason.

After averaging 86 points during three previous postseason games, the Nubians held the ball for one six-minute stretch of the second half and beat Bucyrus Wynford 34-27 on March 7 in a Division III regional semifinal at Lexington.

Africentric improved to 20-5 and will play Archbold at 1:30 p.m. March 9 at Lexington in a regional final. Archbold improved to 25-1 with a 47-36 win over Findlay Liberty-Benton on March 6 and was third in the final state poll.

Africentric is making its ninth consecutive appearance in the regional tournament.

“It was a great game,” coach Will McKinney said. “(Wynford) sat in a 2-3 zone and we went up by five with about two minutes left (in the third quarter). We dribbled the quarter out and held it for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. They got a steal and cut it to three but we hit our free throws.”

Junior guard Alexis Parks led Africentric with 11 points, including making five free throws. Junior guards Kyrah Jones and Darianne Seward each made a pair of free throws and finished with six points apiece.