COLUMBUS — Zia Cooke erupted for 37 points and led Toledo Rogers to a 56-48 win over Thornville Sheridan on Thursday in the OHSAA Division II girls basketball semifinals at Value City Arena.
The Division II player of the year, Cooke went 18 of 21 from the free-throw line and was 9 of 24 from the field. She also had 12 rebounds for the Rams (26-2).
Rogers, No. 4 in the final D-II Associated Press poll, will take on No. 1 Dayton Carroll at 2 p.m. Saturday in the state championship game.
Faith Stinson scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Bailey Beckstedt and Kendyl Mick added 10 points apiece for fifth-ranked Sheridan (25-3).
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AKRON SVSM 38
COLUMBUS — Freshman Sarah Ochs scored 14 points as No. 1 Dayton Carroll beat Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 57-38 on Thursday in the OHSAA Division II girls basketball semifinals at Value City Arena.
Allie Stefanek and Julie Keller each had 12 points and Carroll (27-2).
Maria Dobson led SVSM with 10 points. The Fighting Irish were making their sixth appearance at the state tournament, and first since 2014.
Carroll will try for its first-ever title at 2 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 4 Toledo Rogers (26-2) in the finals.
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BERLIN HILAND 48
COLUMBUS — Top-ranked Columbus Africentric led by five points at the break of the first three periods before pulling away to a 61-48 win against Berlin Hiland in a Division III state girls basketball semifinal Thursday at Value City Arena.
Junior Alexia Smith led Africentric (27-0) with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Jordan Horston, the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association’s Division III Player of the Year, added 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
Hiland (26-3) was led by sophomore guard Morgan Yoder, who finished with a game-high 21 points.
COLUMBUS — Waynesville’s Macella Sizer knocked down a put-back at the buzzer to lift the Spartans to a 41-39 overtime win against Doylestown Chippewa in a Division III state girls basketball semifinal at Value City Arena before a crown of 4,804.
Sizer finished with a team-high 13 points and game-high 16 rebounds. Chippewa (25-2) was led by second-team all-Ohio guard, junior Celina Koncz. Koncz finished with a game-high 20 points.