Kim Po of Rancho Palos Verdes Miraleste High School beat Danielle Scott of Newport Beach Corona del Mar, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Southern Section girls' individual tennis championship at Irvine Racquet Club Saturday.
Po, a junior ranked third in the national 16-year-old age group, had an easy time of it in the first set, then overcame Scott's challenge in the second set.
Scott held serve for a 4-3 lead in the second, but Po held serve to tie at 4-4, then overpowered the tiring Scott.
Scott, a senior, had only about 30 minutes rest between the semifinal and the final.
She played a two-hour semifinal, beating a pesky Laura Kimel of Santa Barbara Dos Pueblos, 7-6, 6-3. Po's 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win over Annika Wasserman of Los Angeles lasted only an hour, allowing her more time to rest.