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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Moanalua Na Menehune overwhelms Mililani Trojans, 49-24

Moanalua Na Menehune overwhelms Mililani Trojans, 49-24

Moanalua Na Menehune overwhelms Mililani Trojans, 49-24

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 26, 2024

SALT LAKE — Defense led to offense for host Moanalua Friday night.

Nā Menehune held visiting Mililani without a field goal in the first and final period of play as they steamrolled to a 49-24 win in the quarterfinals of the OIA Division I girls basketball playoffs.

Akaecia Mateo poured in 18 points off the bench and Shailoh Liilii scored 13 points with nine rebounds and three blocks to lead the home team, who will play reigning champion Campbell in the second semifinal at Pearl City Monday night.

Moanalua (13-9 overall, 11-1 league) was also superb defensively, tallying 19 total steals. Rheanna Nobleza led the effort with seven steals.

“We came out very aggressive and everybody was ready to rotate,” said Mateo, who was selected as the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

“That’s very important for our defense just being there for rotations, so we had good pressure on the top and everybody was ready in their spots.”

Brooke Kurasaki led Mililani in the loss with 11 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

 

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Farrington Governors shake off slow start to turn back Castle Knights, 56-39

Farrington Governors shake off slow start to turn back Castle Knights, 56-39

Farrington Governors shake off slow start to turn back Castle Knights, 56-39

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 13, 2024

KALIHI — Hunter Garcia scored 20 points and Shayniah Cabato-Machado added 19 more as host Farrington took care of Castle, 56-39, Friday night in an OIA East contest at Kitamura Gymnasium.

The Governors trailed 12-5 after the opening quarter, but stormed back in the next three frames to pick up their second straight win to improve to 5-4 in league play.

“We just pushed and we had faith,” said Cabato-Machado, who was selected as the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

“I just had faith in my teammates. Without my teammates, we wouldn’t catch up to the score. We just fought, tried our best.”

Cabato-Machado had to leave the game for a stretch during the first quarter after falling on her head trying to get a rebound, but she reentered the game in the second period to provide a spark for the Governors.

Farrington also employed a full-court press against the Knights that helped turn the game around.

“Our defense, we just pushed them and got them tired and we just started pressing them till they got tired,” said Cabato-Machado.

Kamryn Felipe scored eight points, Jennessy Tomas-Faumui had six and Shaenna Auld chipped in three points to round out the scorers for the home team.

Kalia Chun had 13 points and Kaimana Perrault scored 11 on three made triples to lead Castle (3-8 overall, 2-7 league) in the loss.

 

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Second-half surge power the Radford Rams over the Pearl City Chargers, 59-40

Second-half surge power the Radford Rams over the Pearl City Chargers, 59-40

Second-half surge power the Radford Rams over the Pearl City Chargers, 59-40

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 11, 2024

PEARL CITY — This was a tale of two halves.

Visiting Radford earned its fifth straight win with a commanding 59-40 win over Pearl City Wednesday night in OIA West play.

The Rams (12-2 overall, 6-1 league) trailed by four points at the break, but outscored the Chargers, 36 to 13, in the second half to win the game.

Senior guard Jirah Villanueva led all scorers with 23 points and was named the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game’ for her efforts.

Julissa Bollinger followed with 13 points and Kourtney Smith was a presence in the paint with 10 points to round out the top scorers for Radford.

The Rams had the early lead and took a 13-9 advantage after the opening quarter, but energy and hustle by the Chargers’ bench saw them lead by as many as eight points in the second quarter as the home team took a 27-23 lead at the break.

The second half was the opposite story.

While Pearl City was solid defensively in the second quarter, Radford was the one being stingy after halftime as they held the Chargers without a field goal in the third quarter. The Rams also scored 16 points in the frame while holding Pearl City to just two points.

Reserve guard Lyla Matthews was key with her defense against Pearl City guard Aiesha DeWeever while adding six points with a handful of steals.

The Chargers (7-4, 4-3), who dropped their third straight game, was led by Shilee Scanlan’s 13 points in the loss.

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