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Girls Basketball: Kamehameha wins state championship

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

Kamehameha Schools Hawaii ran away with the Division II girls basketball state championship Friday evening on Oahu.

A final score of 57-36 secured the Warriors third title in eight years, but a first for Chelsea Poe, who was named the Impact Player of the Game.

Poe, now a senior, had played in two state tournaments during her high school career, being dumped out of both tournaments by 3-point margins.

Poe said it ‘feels amazing’ to be a state champion on her third trip to the tournament. Especially as her sister, Casey, a sophomore was also a teammate.

Running out to a quick 8-0 lead and keeping the pressure on, No. 2 seed Kamehameha carried a 39-18 lead into half time.

The most notable half-tme stat: Kamehameha hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts, while Kauai could manage only 26 percent.

Kauai was seeded No. 4 and was making its first championship game appearance.

Kamehameha Schools previously won the Division II championship in 2005 and 2007. The school was state runner-up last year and also in 2006 and 2009.

Earlier in Division II action, HPA dropped the third place game against Maryknoll, 51-39 to take fourth place.

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