With a 72-45 victory over Minford on March 7 at Marietta College, the Africentric Early College girls basketball team set itself up with an opponent that coach Will McKinney calls an “arch nemesis.”

At 1:30 p.m. March 10 at Marietta, the Nubians will face Berlin Hiland in a Division III regional championship game.

The winner plays Ottawa-Glandorf or Collins Western Reserve in a state semifinal March 15 at Ohio State.

“It’ll be the eighth time we’ll play (Hiland),” McKinney said. “They’re up on me 4-3. They’ve got two lethal players and we’re going to have to win the rebounding war.”

Africentric is 24-3 and Hiland is 23-4.

Minford, which finished 24-2, trailed the Nubians just 15-12 after the first quarter of the regional semifinal.

In the second quarter, however, Africentric outscored the Falcons 23-6.

Nyam Thornton had 17 points and Alexia Smith and Maliyah Johnson both scored 12 for the Nubians.

Africentric junior point guard Jordan Horston suffered an ankle injury but returned to the game and finished with eight points.

“Our defensive pressure (was strong) and we got a lot of buckets in transition,” McKinney said.