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Konawaena, Kamehameha-Hawaii win state basketball titles

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    Konawaena’s Tanniya Uchida, Mikayla Tablit and Cherilyn Molina celebrated during tonight’s game against Maryknoll.


    Kamehameha-Hawaii’s McKenzie Kalawaia carried the championship trophy and celebrated with McKenzie Kalawaia, left, and Hera Salmeron.

Konawaena won its fourth consecutive state championship after beating Maryknoll 47-32 in tonight’s final of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships at Blaisdell Center.

The Wildcats (15-0) have won nine state titles since 2004, all under coach Bobbie Awa. Cherilyn Molina scored 22 points and Mikayla Tablit added 15 as Konawaena became the first school since Kamehameha (1990 to 1993) to win four straight. Konawaena held Maryknoll scoreless in the third quarter and outscored the Spartans 30-10 in the second half.

Maryknoll (14-1) lost in its third straight championship game.

Kamehameha-Hawaii beat Saint Francis 41-32 in the Division II final. Saydee Aganus had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors (11-4) to their first title since 2013 and fifth in program history.

Kamehameha-Hawaii lost in the Division II championship game in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Saint Francis finished the year 17-1.

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