High school girls basketball | State semifinals
Hathaway Brown 57, Clyde 38
Nia Marshall had 14 points to lead a balanced Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown and the Blazers will go for their fifth straight state title after beating undefeated Clyde in a semifinal on Thursday. No school has won more than four consecutive basketball championships but the Blazers (22-6) will try Saturday at 2 p.m. against Millersburg West Holmes. Clyde (27-1) trailed 41-23 but went on an 8-0 run to end the third quarter before the Blazers responded with 12 of the next 14 points. Stephanie Solano had 11 points and Vanessa Smith and Beth Brzozowski added 10 for Hathaway Brown, winners of 35 straight tourney games. Amanda Cahill had 16 points for Clyde.
West Holmes 69, Chaminade-Julienne 44
Laina Snyder scored 26 points and had 19 rebounds to help Millersburg West Holmes return to the Division II final. The Knights are 28-1. They’ll play Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Blazers will play for a record fifth straight title in a rematch of the 2012 championship game, won by Hathaway Brown, 53-41.Chaminade-Julienne is 19-10. It missed 11 straight shots during a scoreless stretch spanning the first and second quarters to go from a seven-point deficit to trail 27-6 until a jumper by JaCole Tabor snapped the streak. But West Holmes carried a 36-18 lead into halftime and was never threatened.
Anna 80, Orrville 59
Natalie Billing had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Cayla Bensman added 26 points as Anna had little trouble breaking the Orrville press for a victory to set up a rematch of last year’s final. The Rockets (25-4) will play Columbus Africentric Early College on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. The Nubians in 2012 snapped Anna’s 50-game winning streak with a 70-66 overtime victory. Anna took a 49-33 halftime lead by hitting 19 of 32 shots (59.4 percent) with the aid of 12 layups. Hanna Plybon, the Associated Press co-player of the year in Division III, had 28 points for Orrville (26-3) in its first semifinal since 1993.
Africentric 43, Fort Frye 40
Marley Hill controlled both ends of the court down the stretch to lead defending Division III champion Columbus Africentric Early College. The Nubians (22-5) play for their fourth title Saturday at 10:45 a.m. vs. Anna. Fort Frye’s Shawntell Parsons missed a three-pointer from the right corner with two seconds left that would have tied the game after the Cadets (25-4) squandered a three-point lead through three periods. Hill, the Associated Press co-player of the year, scored four of her 11 points, had four rebounds and two key blocks in the fourth quarter as the teams exchanged the lead five times.