Posted at 10:47 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2006
State high school DII basketball update
By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
Girls Division II Tournament
At McKinley High School
Kalani 64, Word of Life 41: Pesky and vertically-challenged Kalani simply swarmed all over a taller Word of Life squad in a quarterfinal win in the Hawaiian Airlines Division II girls' basketball tournament Wednesday night at McKinley.
The top-seeded Falcons (13-1) will play Saint Francis (15-2) in a 6 p.m. semifinal tomorrow at McKinley. La Pietra plays Kamehameha-Hawai'i in the other semifinal.
Nicole Isemoto and Violet Alama led the Falcons with 13 points apiece, while WOL's Careena Onosai paced everyone with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
La Pietra 40, 'Aiea 36: In an amazing turn of events, third-seeded La Pietra rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to stun 'Aiea in a quarterfinal.
The Lady Panthers (13-1) trailed 30-15 at one point in the third quarter and were behind 34-21 entering the fourth period before outscoring Na Ali'i, 19-2. They took the lead with 2:05 left when Ashanti Shih hit a free throw to make it 37-36. It was La Pietra's first lead since 2:10 in the first quarter.
Na Ali'i (9-6) had been in a scoring drought for about four minutes, starting late in the third quarter, before Capri Holiona's shot momentarily held off La Pietra at 36-31. But it was the only score for 'Aiea in the fourth quarter.
Forward Courtney Gaddis led La Pietra with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Francis 64, Seabury Hall 43: After sputtering out of the blocks, Saint Francis turned its game up a notch with a combined 44 points in the second and third quarters to turn back fourth-seeded Seabury Hall.
The Maui Interscholastic League champion Spartans stormed out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter behind nine points from 5-foot-11 forward Korene Burgio. The Spartans opened the second quarter with a basket to make it 15-8 before the Troubadours woke up, following with a 10-0 run and never looking back.
Kamehameha-Hawai'i 54, Castle 42: Defending state Division II state champion and second-seeded Kamehameha-Hawai'i went long distance to hold off Castle.
The Warriors (11-3) had seven 3-points, six in the first half, holding double-digit leads most of the game.
Leilani Galdones led the way with 19 points, while Jamie Mattos and Lisa Yang each chipped in 14. Galdones and Yang each had three 3-pointers.
Kapa'a 34, Hawai'i Prep 25