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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 17, 2003

Hardimon lifts Moanalua past Farrington for third

Advertiser Staff

Moanalua's Kepuanani Lee is fouled by Farrington's Meleane Mateaki as she goes up for a shot during the first quarter of the third-place game of the girls state high school basketball tournament.

Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

Forward Patti Hardimon scored 22 points, guard Amy Kotani hit four 3-pointers and center Marleen Leautu grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Moanalua past Farrington, 67-55, for third place in the Hawaiian Airlines Girls State Basketball Championship yesterday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Menehunes (15-1), the O'ahu Interscholastic Association champion, made eight 3-pointers, including 5 of 8 in the second half.

The Governors (12-6), the OIA runner-up, outrebounded the Menehunes, 39-36, but were outscored in every quarter except the final period.

Forward Sunshine Misa-Uli led Farrington with 23 points, guard Revelyn Cabaya added 10 points and center Meleane Mateaki grabbed 11 rebounds.

Kotani had five assists and scored 14 points, Leautu added 12 points, and swing player Kepuanani Lee had 11 points. Hardimon had five of the Menehunes' 10 steals.

Fifth place

• Baldwin 55, Konawaena 52: Guard Kami Kapaku scored a game-high 23 points and Baldwin used a fourth-quarter run to rally past Konawaena.

The Bears (15-3), the Maui Interscholastic League champion, trailed 37-29 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Wildcats (14-2), the Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion, 26-15, in the fourth quarter.

Moanalua's Amy Kotani, left, and Farrington's Paepaetele Poasa go after a loose ball in the first quarter. Moanalua beat Farrington for third place, 67-55.

Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

Baldwin shot 5 of 15 in the first half, but recovered to shoot 10 of 16 in the second half.

Baldwin guard Crystal Manuel scored 12 points. Konawaena forward Jessica Hanato had 14 points and seven assists, and guard Jennifer Tayamen added 11 points.

Konawaena center Nancy Hoist finished the tournament 20 of 20 from the free-throw line in three games to set a tournament record. The previous record for free-throw percentage over three games was 92.8 percent (13 of 14), set by Lahainaluna's Lisa Arcangel in 1996.

Seventh place

• Kamehameha 76, Kealakehe 47: Guard Megan Ching scored a game-high 15 points to lead three teammates in double figures as Kamehameha took advantage of 38 Kealakehe turnovers.

The Warriors (14-3), the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's runner-up, held the Waveriders (11-5), the Big Island Interscholastic Federation runner-up, to just two points in the first quarter.

Kamehameha finished the game 28 of 49 from the field and 18 of 30 from the free-throw line. The Warriors also made 27 steals, including five by guard Tiffiny Shim. Kamehameha foward Jeneka Taeoalii scored 14 points and guard Tatriana Lorenzo and forward Mounia Nihipali each scored 10.

Kealakehe swing player Kahaunani Kahananui scored 13 points and forward Saundra Cariaga had 10 points.