Battle of Champions
This past Saturday I tuned in as for the first time ever in the regular season Africentric played Pickerington Central. These teams have 5 state championships this decade and have had players succeed at the next level. These were two teams trying to get momentum before the upcoming tournament. Africentric came off a dominating performance over Walnut Ridge while Pick Central has been playing well as of late since losing to Newark. The Tigers jumped out early on the Nubians leading 7-2 thanks to the play of their guards and Olivia Cooper as well. They continued the momentum and were shooting red-hot from the field and were able to get 2nd chance points early on as well. Skye Williams and Madison Greene were hitting early and often from the perimeter. The Tigers raced out to a 23-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The 2nd quarter saw the lady Nubians storm back on a 9-0 run led by Kamryn "The Franchise" Grant and Arianna "Magic" Smith and trail by 5 midway through the 2nd quarter. The Tigers were able to get great looks offensively from inside and outside from their guards and post players. This led to a 33-24 halftime lead for Pick Central. The Tigers in the 3rd quarter took command of the game by continuing their impressive play and not really allowing for Africentric to get back in the game. They ended the 3rd quarter on a 8-2 run. The 4th quarter was more of the same as the Tigers were able to suffocate Africentric’s offense and turn them over leading to easy baskets on the other end. The Tigers would go on to win 60-45. With the win, Pick Central improved to 4-6 while Africentric dropped to 2-2. Despite the loss Africentric played very well especially the 1-2 punch of Kamryn "The Franchise" Grant and Arianna "Magic" Smith and will be a tough out come tournament time. Madison Greene led all scorers with 20 points.