Nubians top Versailles, 49-37

Published 8:27 pm Saturday, March 15, 2014

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Columbus Africentric Nubians paired a lethal trapping defense with the ability to hold onto the ball for good shots to beat Versailles, 49-37, on Saturday night in the Division III state championship game.

Sierra Harley had 14 points off the bench and Alexa Hart set the tone with six blocked shots in the first seven minutes as the Nubians (27-2), who lost in the title game last year after winning it in 2012, captured their fourth title. They became just the third team to have won at least four state championships.

The imposing presence of the 6-foot-2 Hart, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, helped Africentric grab an early double-digit lead. After Hart left with foul trouble, the Nubians were content to patiently work for baskets while continuing with their high-pressure defense.

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Second-team All-Ohioan Christa Puthoff and Emily Harman both had nine points for ninth-ranked Versailles.

Versailles was seeking its second state championship, after winning the biggest trophy in 2008. This was the Tigers’ sixth trip to the state final four.