The Africentric Early College girls basketball team has earned a Division III district championship in all but two of its 15 seasons as a program.
The top-seeded Nubians rolled past ninth-seeded Ready 63-23 in a district final March 2 at Ohio Dominican to capture their third title in a row and 13th overall.
Africentric improved to 24-3 and will play Minford or Chillicothe Southeastern in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. March 7 at Logan.
“This one feels great,” sophomore guard Alexia Smith. “In this environment as a team, working hard every day and to show our talent, it’s just a happy feeling.”
Ready, which finished 15-10, trailed 23-3 after the first quarter as Nubians guard Jordan Horston scored seven points in the period and Smith scored six.
Africentric extended its lead to 36-12 by halftime and led 49-23 after three quarters before holding the Silver Knights scoreless in the final period.
Horston finished with 16 points and Smith 10 to lead the Nubians.
Derricka Bramwell had eight points and Dani Hall scored seven to lead Ready, which fell to 5-7 in district finals under 37th-year coach Joe Lang.
“I’m watching our kids flat-out sprint to the basket and (the Nubians) don’t even look like they’re running hard,” Lang said. “They’re very athletic, they have great size, great skill and they’re well-coached.”