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Posted on: Saturday, February 23, 2008

Buzzer-beater lifts Campbell to DII title

Photo galleryPhoto gallery: State girls basketball Division II championship game
Video: Campbell wins Division II girls state basketball title

By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

McKinley's Kylie Sato attempts a shot in the first half as Campbell's Vai Confer defends.

JOAQUIN SIOPACK | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Campbell gave up a 13-point second-half lead but prevailed in overtime last night as Ariel Medlin's buzzer-beating put-back lifted the Lady Sabers past McKinley, 57-55, in the Hawaiian Airlines/Hawai'i High School Athletic Association Division II girls championship game at Stan Sheriff Center.

Aloha Dias-Kekahuna led Campbell with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Medlin added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers were led by Tatiana Dinson (15 points, five rebounds), Pearly Togiai (14 and seven) and Allyson Villanueva (10 points and 2-of-3 shooting from 3-point range).

For Nathan Macadangdang, who watched his team lose to McKinley in last year's third-place game, last night's white-knuckle victory was sweet redemption.

"It was a little more intense," Macadangdang said. "I think the girls redeemed themselves a bit. McKinley is the team that we've never beaten and we finally were able to do it. It was tough, but it was a nice way to finish up."

Was it ever.

After two free throws by McKinley's Villanueva tied the score at 55-55 with less than 15 seconds remaining, Macadangdang called a timeout to set up one final play. With the rest of his team already in foul trouble, Macadangdang called on Dias-Kekahuna to drive the lane and try to either score or draw a foul.

Dias-Kekahuna executed according to play, driving hard on the right side and putting up a short runner that fell short. She rebounded her own miss under the basket, but over-shot the put-back attempt. The ball landed in Medlin's hands and Medlin wasted no time in gently laying it off the backboard just before the buzzer.

"I just caught the ball and put it back up," said Medlin of her first-ever game-winning shot. "I just prayed that it would go in."

The basket set off a huge celebration in the surrounding stands, where more than a hundred Campbell faithful had screamed themselves hoarse all night.

"This is the farthest I've taken the team, the farthest that they've taken me, and it's just a really good feeling," said Macadangdang.

Campbell took control of the game in the second quarter, pushing the pace and using their superior length to disrupt passing lanes and control the offensive boards.

They outrebounded McKinley 20-12 in the first half and outscored the Lady Tigers 12-4 on second chance opportunities.

Ahead 29-20 coming out of the half, the Lady Sabers expanded their lead to 13 on a pull-up jumper by Dias-Kekahuna early in the third quarter.

But the Lady Tigers rallied behind an aggressive trapping defense and the smooth inside-outside game of Dinson.

With Campbell ahead 46-40, Villanueva converted a two-bounce 3-pointer from the top of the key. On the ensuing Campbell inbounds, Dinson tied up Dias-Kekahuna to get the ball back, setting up a 3-pointer by Kylie Sato to tie the game. Togiai then hit a baseline jumper to give McKinley its first lead of the game 48-46.

Kaitlynn Simmonds' layup with 30 seconds left tied the game.

"They came back strong so we knew we had to fight harder," Dias-Kekahuna said.

Campbell regained its momentum in overtime.

With her team ahead 54-50, Dias-Kekahuna blocked a jumper by Dinson. Sato recovered the ball, but her follow-up jumper was blocked by Vai Confer. On the ensuing possession, Dias-Kekahuna drew a foul and converted one of two free throws to extend the lead, 55-50.

McKinley again patiently chipped away at the advantage, eventually tying the game 55-55 on Villanueva's two free throws, and setting the stage for Medlin's last-second dramatics.

KAILUA 49, MOLOKA'I 48

Kristen Corrales scored 23 points as the Surfriders edged the Farmers for third place. Abbigale Adolpho scored 23 points for Moloka'i.

KAILUA (16-4) 6 10 17 16 49

MOLOKA'I (13-3) 11 11 11 15 48

KAILUA Kristen Corrales 23, Tawny Kiko 0, Aui Williams 4, Sola Williams 0, Tianna McKeague 2, Zsalei Kamaka 4, Ka'u Kohatsu 2, Ashley Jacobs 8, Tia Navarro 6. Totals 19 8-13 49.

MOLOKA'I Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario 12, Ayla Bicoy 0, Brittany Rawlins 2, Jolenta Duvauchelle 0, Amber Sterner 0, Tawney Fernandez 3, Kristan Forsberg 4, Tashia Kawamae 4, Abbigale Adolpho 23, Kyli Joe Mawae 0, Jamie Duvauchelle 0. Totals 19 9-16 48.

3-point goals: Kailua 3 (Corrales 3). Moloka'i 1 (Fernandez).

KAMEHAMEHA-HAWAI'I 48, HAWAI'I PREP 32

Ashlee Kalauli scored 10 points for the Warriors in the fifth-place game. Taylor Wang scored a game-high 19 points for Ka Makani.

KS-HAWAI'I (12-4) 9 12 15 12 48

HAWAI'I PREP (8-9) 7 6 5 14 32

KAMEHAMEHA-HAWAI'I Ashlee Kalauli 10, Kanisha Bello 3, Joelle Cabasa 6, Kayla Lacaran-Costales 4, Shanley Apele 3, Wikolia Enos 6, Bryamma De Lima 2, U'ilani Poepoe 1, Kaopua Sutton 6, Katherine Yang 3, Kaci Rosehill 1, Tabitha Eseroma 3. Totals 17 10-16 48.

HAWAI'I PREP Cecily Kimura 7, Katie Ho 1, Cori Wang 2, Chelsea Himalaya 2, Talia Eschenbach 0, Taylor Wang 19, Lana Queen 0, Dzidzielia Trevino 1. Totals 8 15-28 32.

3-point goals: KS-Hawai'i 4 (Bello, Cabasa, Apele, Yang). Hawai'i Prep 1 (Kimura).

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

(Selected by the media)

Tayler Wang, Hawai'i Prep

Pearly Togiai, McKinley

Abbigale Adolpho, Moloka'i

Kristen Corrales, Kailua

Ariel Medlin, Campbell

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER:

Aloha Dias-Kekahuna, Campbell

Reach Michael Tsai at mtsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.

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