Hart’s 11 blocks lift Africentric over Smithville

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - First-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Alexa Hart had eight points and 11 blocked shots to lead Columbus Africentric past Smithville 44-22 on Friday in a Division III state girls semifinal.

Ayrielle Stith scored 11 points for the Nubians (26-2).

Africentric, ranked eighth in the final regular-season Associated Press poll, goes for its fourth championship in the last eight years on Saturday.

Hart, who was co-player of the year in the division, is an Ohio State signee.

With the score tied at 9, the Nubians scored 15 of the next 20 points. When Smithville pulled within six points early in the final quarter, Stith hit a 3, made a steal and then had a long assist to start a 16-0 run.

Olivia Besancon led unranked Smithville (26-3) with nine points.

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