Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 8, 2024

HONOLULU — The queens stay queen.

‘Iolani maintained its spot atop the Hawai’i girls basketball mountain with a 39-38 overtime victory over Kamehameha in the Heide & Cook state championship at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Friday night.

The Raiders (23-2) bested Kamehameha for the sixth time this year to earn their fifth straight state title, their ninth overall.

Junior guard Mia Frye, who was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding player, scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. She also knocked down a 3-pointer, that was originally ruled as a 2-point shot, to start the overtime period.

Keiki McGee followed with eight points and three assists and senior center Mele Sake had seven points and nine rebounds with two blocks to power ‘Iolani down low.

Nihoa Dunn led the Warriors (17-8) in the loss with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Raiders got off to an 8-0 lead to start the opening quarter and held Kamehameha scoreless until a Rylee Paranada jumper at the 1:10 mark of the frame.

‘Iolani would grow its lead to as many as 15 points in the first half, 21 to 6, before the Warriors started to claw their way back into the contest.

Kamehameha took its first lead of the game, 29-28, on Dunn’s layup with 4:16 left in regulation before a pair of 3-pointers by McGee and Sake pushed the lead back to 34-29 for the Raiders.

A corner triple with one minute left in the fourth quarter by Paranada ultimately tied the game at 36 before a couple of turnovers between both squads saw the game go into overtime.

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

 

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 8, 2024

HONOLULU — After 46 years, the Maryknoll Spartans are champions once again.

Maryknoll won its first state title since 1978 Friday night when the Spartans defeated Hanalani, 46-33, in the Heide & Cook Division II Girls Basketball Championships at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

The Spartans won their 15th straight game to end the season with a 24-3 record as they claimed their third overall state crown.

Senior guard Isabella Arrisgado led the way with 13 points with three made 3-pointers. Rebekah Lum See and Madison Guillermo each scored eight points and Hailey Perez and Khansas Tuisamatatele both added six points apiece to round out the top scorers for Maryknoll.

The Spartans got off to a quick 7-0 lead, but sloppy basketball and bad defense saw the Royals (12-4) take a 22-21 lead at the half.

That’s when Maryknoll flipped the switch to another level.

The victors put the clamps in the second half and outscored Hanalani, 25 to 11, after the intermission to pull away for the win.

Tamlyn Celestino led the Royals in the loss with 12 points.

Kahuku edges Campbell, 33-31, to win 10th OIA league title

Kahuku edges Campbell, 33-31, to win 10th OIA league title

Kahuku edges Campbell, 33-31, to win 10th OIA league title

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 1, 2024

PEARL CITY — There is a new champ atop the OIA girls basketball mountain.

Kahuku dethroned Campbell, 33-31, Wednesday night before a capacity crowd in the league’s Division I title game at Pearl City’s gymnasium.

The Red Raiders captured their 10th OIA crown in the process, their first since 2020.

“I’m proud of them, they worked hard” said Kahuku coach Artevia Wily-Ava. “They stayed focused, the energy from our bench carried over. Pretty excited that they got this.”

Junior guard Posia Wily led all scorers and earned ‘Yeah U Player of the Game’ honors with nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

“She’s the one, she’s the leader that has to get all the girls refocused,” said Wily-Ava, the older sister of Wily. 

“She’s probably one of our strongest mentally, probably physically as well. She’s not that big, not that tall, but she’s the one that gets everybody refocused. She’ll push the pace and we can always depend on her when she pulls it out to start things over again.”

Wily said defense has been the main focus for the Red Raiders, who held the Sabers to just 23.9 percent shooting from the field (11-for-46). Kahuku also tallied 16 steals and four blocks in the matchup.

“I think especially during these last practices and towards the end of the season we worked on our defense a lot,” said Wily. “Our coaches were telling us to do the small things, the little things, get rebounds, box out, keep your hands up. We just needed to execute those things and it worked out for us.”

Tuisila Wily-Ava was also key with eight points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Leading Campbell in the loss with eight points apiece were Jaynalyn Sotelo and Taysia Molina-Schulte.

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McKinley holds off Farrington, 41-33, to win 7th overall OIA championship

McKinley holds off Farrington, 41-33, to win 7th overall OIA championship

McKinley holds off Farrington, 41-33, to win 7th overall OIA championship

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 1, 2024

PEARL CITY — The OIA Division II title is going home with the McKinley Tigers.

McKinley used a dominant first half to build a 24-8 halftime lead before holding off Farrington, 41-33, Wednesday night at Pearl City’s gymnasium to win the school’s seventh overall league title.

The Tigers got it done on both ends of the floor to win their first OIA crown since 2008. McKinley held the Governors without a made field goal in the first half and also used a 16-0 run aided by a number of 3-pointers.

“It feels good, the team hard worked really hard,” said McKinley senior Kailey Reverio, the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

“A lot of sacrifices, all the ups and downs, moments where we had to be motivated by our coach to know what the goal was, but we stuck together and we knew what we had to do which is ‘it’s time to put a banner up.’”

Reverio had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win and was a presence in the paint to limit Farrington’s size advantage.

Neither team could get anything going offensively early with the first eight points of the game coming at the free throw line.

That changed at the 2:23 mark of the first quarter when Haley Hosino knocked down a triple to give McKinley the lead for good, 6-5.

The Tigers continued their hot shooting in the second quarter when Grace Pham knocked down three 3-pointers in the frame. Pham finished with a game-high 12 points.

“They’re great shooters all around,” said Reverio. “We depend on them, we count on them to knock down the 3. When it’s time to clutch it, they do it. Props to them. I love my teammates so much.”

Ayva Walthall scored eight points with seven rebounds and four steals before fouling out while Hosino finished with seven points for McKinley, who just used a six-woman rotation.

Hunter Garcia had 12 points to lead the Governors in the loss.

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Campbell survives Moanalua’s surge in double OT, 57-55

Campbell survives Moanalua’s surge in double OT, 57-55

Campbell survives Moanalua’s surge in double OT, 57-55

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 30, 2024

This was a Monday night thriller.

Campbell built an early lead before holding off a late charge by Moanalua for a 57-55 double-overtime win in the OIA Division I girls basketball semifinals at Pearl City’s gymnasium.

Aliyah Bantolina led all scorers with 24 points to lead the Sabers, who will try for their third straight title. She also scored the game-tying layup at the end of regulation to force overtime.

Jaynalyn Sotelo added 15 points and Taysia Molina-Schulte scored 10 to round out the top scorers for Campbell, who led by as many as 13 points in the first half.

Rheanna Nobleza scored 20, Akaecia Mateo had 18 and Shailoh Liilii finished with 16 points to lead Na Menehune in the loss.

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Kahuku cruises past Radford, 66-37, to reach OIA championship game

Kahuku cruises past Radford, 66-37, to reach OIA championship game

Kahuku cruises past Radford, 66-37, to reach OIA championship game

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 30, 2024

Four players scored in double figures as Kahuku cruised past Radford, 66-37, in the semifinals of the OIA Division I girls basketball playoffs Monday night at Pearl City’s gymnasium.

Elisa Holakeituai scored 15 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting on the field to power the Red Raiders, who will be seeking their 10th league crown when they face reigning league champion Campbell on Wednesday.

Posia Wily also scored 15 points with four assists and four steals, Makana Kamakeeaina had 12 points and Tailele Wily-Ava chipped n 10 points to round out the leading scorers for Kahuku.

Shanntay Stroman scored 10 points to pace the Rams in the loss.

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LASQUERO