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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2010

Pearl City girls claim OIA Red West


by Stanley Lee
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Pearl City's Jordan Ahakuelo is cut off by Mililani's Amber Ogata while attempting a layup. Pearl City won, 48-33.

NORMAN SHAPIRO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Attacking on offense and defense, Pearl City's girls basketball team ran away with the division title.

Pearl City's help defense took out Mililani early in yesterday's 48-33 win at Kalani High School that decided the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West title.

"We practiced really hard, it was a good team effort," said Pearl City's Jordan Ahakuelo, who had 12 points. "Mililani is a very good team. It was good to play them for this."

Glacen Florita had 10 points and Keshia Manning added nine for Pearl City (11-1), ranked ninth in The Advertiser's Top 10 poll.

Kellie Sakai had 11 points for Mililani (10-2).

Pearl City pressed the entire game, forcing turnovers and preventing Mililani from getting into the flow. Ahakuelo hit jumpers off the dribble, Florita drove at the basket, and the entire game was a stark contrast from the teams' last meeting in late December that Mililani won, 38-36, on Khyla Alcantra's layup as time expired.

"That's what we didn't do the first game, we didn't attack," Pearl City coach Mike Morton said. "I told the girls we got to attack the basket and be aggressive."

The game was played at Kalani because it was shown live statewide on OC16. Ahakuelo said there were nerves over the broadcast, but they disappeared once the game began. The Chargers were also comforted by a vocal crowd of several dozen fans and cheerleaders.

"It was nice to have the cheerleaders at our game, it was nice to have the crowd," Ahakuelo said. "The more support, the more we feel better. It's our confidence booster."

Defense helped the Chargers build a lead in the first quarter. Tearaina Meyer stole the ball at halfcourt and passed ahead to Manning for a layup. Ahakuelo stole the ball on Mililani's next possession and nailed a jumper, part of a 14-2 run that made it 17-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Mililani coach Pat Basilio said his team never found its rhythm against Pearl City's defense.

"I think our girls were shellshocked the TV thing a lot of them were off their game," he said. "But credit Pearl City's defense, they were attacking us way more than last time."

With the OIA playoffs beginning next week and state berths up for grabs, Basilio told his team not to reflect on the loss, but the entire season.

"I told them to be proud of what they accomplished this season," Basilio said. "Nobody expected these girls to contend for the West title. I think it says a lot for their character."

Pearl City's coaches talked about taking care of the ball, being disciplined and attacking the basket after the loss to Pearl City in December. The postseason won't be any different.

"I hope that we practice harder, with more intensity and play together the rest of the season," Ahakuelo said.

MILILANI (10-2) 6 9 10 8 33

PEARL CITY (11-1) 17 10 12 948

MILILANI Kellie Sakai 11, Moriah Blackmon 0, Tiff Lagua 0, Jacque Agbayani 0, Sam Yuki 4, Nikki Craig 2, Amber Ogata 3, Cory Ramos 0, Abby McKoy 2, Darcey Goulsby 5, Courtney Senas 2, Amberlee Maluenda 0, Khyla Alcantra 2, Pomai Grube-Hose 0. Totals 10 11-14 33.

PEARL CITY AJ Sylva 2, Sabrina Angle 5, Shay Alterado 0, Shanice Gabriel-Yones 0, Victoria Victor 0, Glacen Florita 10, Shawna Angle 0, Jordan Ahakuelo 12, Alana Kaili 2, Keshia Manning 9, Leina Basques 6, Tearaina Meyer 2. Totals 15 14-24 48.

3-point goals Mililani 2 (Sakai, Ogata). Pearl City 4 (Ahakuelo 2, Sa. Angle 1, Basques 1).

CAMPBELL 47, WAI'ANAE 40

Ikoa Diaz-Kekahuna scored 13 points and Chantay Samante added 11 as the visiting Sabers beat the Seariders.

Wai'anae's Beverly Madrid scored 14 points and Shaina Pogia added 10.

CAMPBELL (4-8) 12 20 5 1047

WAI'ANAE (3-9) 11 18 6 540

CAMPBELL Liza Bantolina 7, Jaysha Delizo 4, Chantay Samante 11, Kea Akiyama 3, CJ Valeriano 7, Carlye Lindborg-Sancry 0, Tiana Galeon 0, Ikoa Diaz-Kekahuna 13, Cassie Ernst 2, Dee Leafa 0. Totals 13 21-32 47.

WAI'ANAE Alesa Ramaila 0, Emma Atiga 2, Maili Enos-Branigan 4, Lacy Manuel 3, Beverly Madrid 14, Brittany Perry 3, Shaina Pogia 10, Tiara Tagaloa 4. Totals 16 5-12 40.

3-point goals Campbell none. Wai'anae 3 (Madrid 3).

JV Campbell 29, Wai'anae 18

Reported by Kevin Nakamoto

'AIEA 38, RADFORD 36

Kaala Leopoldo scored 10 points and Ashlei Liilii added nine as host Nā Ali'i beat the Rams.

Radford's Imani Winbush and Pierra Dewitt scored nine points apiece.

RADFORD (1-11) 8 3 11 1436

'AIEA (4-8) 14 9 4 1138

RADFORD Imani Winbush 9, Alana Gionet 2, E'lexues Evans 8, Lily Sevao 2, Pierra Dewitt 9, Rachel Kapesi 4, Sanoe Tuitele 2. Totals 13 10-19 36.

'AIEA Ashlei Liilii 9, Celeste Fong 5, Maccyn Samisoni 2, Kori Nishi 2, Kaala Leopoldo 10, Mele Samisoni 2, Kaui Kuehu 5, Tiara Fetui 3. Totals 14 7-17 38.

3-point goals Radford none. 'Aiea 3 (Leopoldo 2, Fong 1).

JV 'Aiea 30, Radford 27

Reported by 'Aiea athletics

RED EAST GIRLS

ROOSEVELT 55, CASTLE 51, 2 OTS

Mikela Thoemmes scored 18 points and Shana Kawakami added 13, including a layup with 10 seconds left to force a second overtime, as the visiting Rough Riders rallied to beat the Knights.

Leisha Li'ili'i scored 20 points and Cailee Awa 15 for Castle.

ROOSEVELT (11-1) 7 8 15 12 7 6 55

CASTLE (6-6) 9 6 14 13 7 251

ROOSEVELT Breyana Dutro-Solomua 3, Kelcie Namba 9, Charisse Tanabe 0, Shana Kawakami 13, Nicole Ramirez 4, Abcde Furuta-Harada 7, Mikela Thoemmes 18, Anuhea Kanealii 1. Totals 16 19-28 55.

CASTLE Brandee Sasaki 5, Cailee Awa 15, Brittany Hawn 6, Sierra Iona 4, Leisha Li'ili'i 20, Brooke-Lee Kaululaau 0, Joshell Lilio 1, Brittney Lane 0. Totals 15 20-30 51.

3-point goals Roosevelt 4 (Namba, Kawakami, Furuta-Harada, Thoemmes). Castle 1 (Awa).

JV Roosevelt def. Castle, score not reported

Reported by Jeff McKeown

MCKINLEY 60, KAILUA 42

Kylie Sato scored 26 points, Mele Kuma added 18, Hanna Yoo had 12, and the visiting Tigers opened a 28-12 lead at intermission in beating the Surfriders.

Teuila Afele scored 14 and Jayna Hanawahine added 10 for Kailua.

MCKINLEY (3-9) 14 14 14 1860

KAILUA (2-10) 8 4 14 1642

MCKINLEY Jackie Tihano 0, Kylie Sato 26, Jourdan Mills 2, Megan Ofagalilo 0, Hanna Yoo 12, Katey Ezra 2, Mele Kuma 18. Totals 19 20-32 60.

KAILUA Anolani Ramos 2, Toni Damo-Agcaoili 0, Malia Pearson 0, Jayna Hanawahine 10, Johnna Pedro 5, Teuila Afele 14, Mapuana Taamu 0, Taylor Souza 6, Alysha Franco 5. Totals 17 5-12 42.

3-point goals McKinley 2 (Sato 2). Kailua 3 (Souza 2, Hanawahine 1).

JV Kailua 42, McKinley 30

Reported by Zachary Stevens

FARRINGTON 62, KALANI 34

Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo scored 13 points, Sofia Folaumahina added 12 and Kirsten Marie Liana had 11 and the visiting Governors never looked back after taking a 34-15 halftime lead.

FARRINGTON (11-1) 16 18 14 1462

KALANI (2-10) 5 10 9 1034

FARRINGTON Kirsten Ho'ohuli 0, Ashley Gravely 6, Sallie Lazaro 0, Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 13, Lucky Crichton 0, Angeline Argel 9, Janell Nance 2, Dianna Prescott 2, Kirsten Marie Liana 11, Aisha Gaea 6, Sofia Folaumahina 12, Isaley Iuta 0, Chelsea Wong 1. Totals 27 1-4 62.

KALANI Marissa Sumida 0, Corie Kuia 6, Alyssa Obata 0, Kelsie Maslanka 0, Erika Jang 8, Alexandria Rogers 2, Kiera Iinuma 2, Kristi Belshe 0, Cristine Sasano 6, Kiah Fujita 2, Lauren Masaniai 0, Joyce Lam 0, Hikaru Kumagai 8. Totals 12 5-10 34.

3-point goals Farrington 7 (Tatupu-Leopoldo 3, Gravely 2, Argel 1, Liana 1). Kalani 5 (Sasano 2, Kumagai 2, Jang 1).

Reported by Kalani Athletics

WHITE GIRLS

KAHUKU 72, NāNāKULI 31

Hi'ilei Cummings scored 17 points as the host Red Raiders routed the Golden Hawks.

Nānākuli's Kirstie Rosa scored 16 points.

NĀNĀKULI (1-9) 14 4 6 731

KAHUKU (9-1) 16 22 21 1372

NāNāKULI Stephanie Kalili 5, Kirstie Rosa 16, Noel Fernandez 0, Naiiniuolealelei Kakiva 5, Maresena Foi 0, Queen Emma Sale 1, Ginger Moe 4, Juliana Ioane 0. Totals 10 10-23 31.

KAHUKU Fia Tailele-Latu 9, Kawelina Gilman 0, Hi'ilei Cummings 17, Malia Tonga 4, Jessica Falemalu 2, Temutisa Te'o 3, Rachel Tailele 4, Mata Tonga 8, Natallia Cravens 6, Joshlyn Noga 9, Uhi Naeole 6, Amanda Tonga 0, Leina Faleolo 4. Totals 32 2-7 72.

3-point goals Nānākuli 1 (Kakiva). Kahuku 6 (Naeole 2, Tailele-Latu 1 Cummings 1, Te'o 1, Noga 1).

JV Kahuku 78, Nānākuli 28

Reported by Jeri Tugman

KAIMUKĪ 44, LEILEHUA 30

Dejah Fa'asoa scored 11 of her 21 points in the first period as the host Bulldogs beat the Mules.

Fa'asoa hit four 3-pointers.

Leilehua's Alandra Hooks scored 10 points.

LEILEHUA (8-2) 7 9 4 10 30

KAIMUKĪ (9-1) 15 7 7 1544

LEILEHUA Vanessa Bocobo 1, Pomai Parker 4, Patricia Lindo 2, Precious Loi-On 0, Carissa McBride 5, Brittany Taufui 2, Shajaira Briones 0, Tinei Tuitoelau 0, Toe Motu 4, Alexis Johnson 2, Carline Wilson 0, Alandra Hooks 10. Totals 12 5-15 30.

Kaimukī Pua Akaka 3, Tanya Villanueva 0, Cannie Aikau 4, Alison Pologa 4, Keana Paez 4, Letishah Fa'asoa 2, Dejah Fa'asoa 21, Leti Mikaele 6. Totals 12 14-19 44.

3-point goals Leilehua 1 (Parker). Kaimukī 4 (D. Fa'asoa 4).

JV Kaimukī 37, Leilehua 29

Reported by Dejah Fa'asoa

KAISER 63, WAIPAHU 40

Mele Adams poured in 21 points, Micaela Bitanga added 17 and the visiting Cougars rallied for a 29-23 halftime lead and put the game away with a 20-4 fourth quarter in beating the Marauders.

KAISER (3-7) 8 21 14 2063

WAIPAHU (4-6) 10 13 13 440

KAISER Micaela Bitanga 17, Kristi Arellano 0, Kiani Ka'aha'aina 4, Mele Adams 21, Krysta Yasui 3, Kiana Nakai 5, Daryn Vordebruegge 4, Shelby Pa 9. Totals 23 16-27 63.

WAIPAHU Jenie Savedara 0, Trisha Malala 6, Jessica Lozano 0, Ana Batan 13, Genivee Velasco 4, Tammy Vilimau 4, Kaiulani Abasial 4, Dara Aiwohi-Dutro 1, Zyer Vailuu 2, Catrina Masaniai 6. Totals 17 5-12 40.

3-point goals Kaiser 1 (Adams). Waipahu 1 (Batan).

JV Kaiser 54, Waipahu 28

Reported by Ranelle Soliai