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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Class S championship

St. Paul wins its second state title, beating Portland 39-37 for the Class S championship.
Portland had a chance to send it into overtime, but Lindsey Dionne's shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
The Highlanders led most of the game. St. Paul's Courtney Lobo hit a turnaround in the lane with 15 seconds left, which proved to be the deciding basket. Kelly Coleman finished with a game-high 26 points and for Portland.
Amber Litwinko led St. Paul with 14 points.

Third quarter
Portland is holding on 28-27 heading into the fourth quarter. St. Paul took its first lead, 27-26, on a putback from Adele Ruel. Kelly Coleman quickly answered back with a bucket in the lane to regain the lead for the Portland.
Coleman has 19 points and 11 rebounds.


Portland leads St. Paul 21-18 at halftime. Kelly Coleman and xx hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Highlanders, giving them a 21-14 lead with 3:14 left in the half. St. Paul hit four free throws to close the gap before halftime.
Coleman leads POrtland with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Amber Litwinko, Chelsea Mone and Claire Consonni each have four points for St. Paul.

First quarter

Portland leads 9-6 after one quarter. Portland opened the game with a 9-0 run. The first seven points came from Kelly Coleman.
St. Paul's size advantage is starting to show inside though.


St. Paul's size matches up against Portland's speed. Shoreline Conference player of the year Kelly Coleman will need to spark the Highlanders offense against a stingy St. Paul defense, which hasn't allowed more than 37 points during the state tournament. The Falcons' balance has been key all season, but senior Chelsea Mone is averaging 18.5 points in her last two games.

This is St. Paul's third state final. The Falcons have one state championship, winning the Class S title in 2001. This is Portland's first appearance in a state final.

St. Paul opened the state tournament with a win over East Hampton, a team that beat Portland during the regular season.


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