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Posted at 10:15 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2003

Punahou wins state girls basketball title

Advertiser Staff

The Punahou School girls basketball team held off Kahuku, 56-52, tonight for its third Hawaiian Airlines State Championship since 1997.

The Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion Buffanblu completed a perfect season (17-0) and became the 23rd private school in 27 years to win the title, and the 16th in the past 17 years. Punahou was the lone private school remaining after Wednesday's first round, and had to defeat three tough teams from the O'ahu Interscholastic Association to win it all.

Senior guard Rachel Kane capped a brilliant four-year career by scoring a game-high 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and making five steals to lead the Buffanblu. Kane made 7 of 9 free throws, including two with 13 seconds remaining to seal the victory.