Kavanagh girls claim NZ title

For the second time, a national title will return south with Kavanagh College.

The school's girls side joined the boys class of 2014 in claiming the national A - small schools - championship in Palmerston North on Thursday.

It beat Te Aroha College 68-54.

Annabelle Ring, the tournament MVP, filled the stat sheet with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and three blocks.

Also key were Dre Whaanga (18 points) and Kyra McIntyre (13 points), both named to the tournament team.

Little separated the sides for much of the game and Kavanagh led by just two early in the fourth quarter. However, its zone effectively shut down Te Aroha's scorers down the stretch, allowing it to open margin.

In the boys final, St Kevin's College was edged 58-56 by Opunake High School.

Jack Andrew had 19 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and four blocks to make the tournament team.

Paea Fifita also made the team.

The Kavanagh boys finished 11th with an 84-60 win over Hornby High School.

In the AA competition, both Otago Boys' and Girls' High Schools battled. Otago Girls' won their bottom semifinal over One Tree Hill College, while Otago Boys' was beaten by Shirley Boys' in their bottom-four semifinal.

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