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Girls' basketball: Chaminade opens big halftime lead

Girls' basketball: Chaminade opens big halftime lead
Chaminade guard Valerie Higgins is surrounded by Monarchs in the first half of today's Division II state final at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. (Darryl Washburn /)

Kaylie Fandino's jumper at the buzzer punctuated a dominant first half fo Chaminade, which leads five-time champion Archbishop Mitty, 46-21, in the Division II state final at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

The Eagles have shown no signs of nerves in their first finals appearance. They are shooting 19-of-27 from the field, led by Devin Stanback (13 points) and Valerie Higgins (11 points, three steals). Fandino has nine points and Chaminade is 4-of-7 from three-point range.

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Chaminade scored the first eight points of the game and led 26-9 after the first quarter. Kelli Hayes has eight points for Archbishop Mitty, which has made 9 of 27 field goal attempts.

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