Columbus — Kelsey Mitchell and Cincinnati Princeton downed Tierra Floyd and Toledo Notre Dame Academy 60-52 in an OHSAA Division I semifinal game Friday night pitting two of the top players in the state.
Mitchell, a senior recently named Ohio’s Ms. Basketball who will join her sister, Chelsea, at Ohio State next season, scored 23 points for the Vikings while Floyd, a junior, tallied 21 points for the Eagles at Value City Arena.
The game was tied at 33 after a scintillating first half that included jaw-dropping plays by each highly regarded prospect, including a deep three-pointer by Mitchell with 31 seconds left in the half that evened the score.
Kelsey Mitchell, a 5-7 point guard, had five points and an assist in the pivotal third quarter that saw the Vikings outscore the Eagles 12-5.
Princeton advanced to the state championship game for the first time since 1987, when the Vikings won their only title and the only other time they have made the state final four.
They will take on North Canton Hoover or Dublin Coffman in the Division I championship game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
SportsTime Ohio will broadcast that game as well as the Division III game between Columbus Africentric and Versailles at 5:15 p.m. and the Division IV game between Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans and Reedsville Eastern at 2 p.m. STO will also produce the Division II championship game between Kettering Alter and fellow unbeaten Millersburg West Holmes at 10:45 a.m., but that game will be shown by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.