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.

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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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Kahuku blitzes Kaiser, 66-32, to stay atop OIA East standings

Kahuku blitzes Kaiser, 66-32, to stay atop OIA East standings

Kahuku blitzes Kaiser, 66-32, to stay atop OIA East standings

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JAN 17, 2024

HAWAII KAI — The Red Raiders keep rolling.Kahuku continued its unbeaten run through OIA East play with a 66-32 road win over Kaiser Tuesday night.The Red Raiders used a 19-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the contest as they led 24-4 after the first eight minutes of play.Freshman Tailele Wily-Ava, the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game,’ set the tone in the opening stanza by knocking down three triples to score 11 of her 13 points in the frame. She also tallied six assists and provided strong defense throughout the whole game.The leading scorers for Kahuku (10-0 OIA East) were Makana Kamake’eaina and Elisa Holakeituai with 15 points apiece. Posia Wily also finished in double figures with 12 points and eight assists.Leading the Cougars (4-6 league) in the loss was senior Alexus Ma’ae, who led all scorers with 18 points.Kaiser was able to keep the second quarter close, 15 to 13, and even trimmed the lead down to 17 in the third quarter at one point — but lack of depth and subs started to take its toll in the second half. The Cougars suited up just seven players to the Red Raiders’ 12.

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