HONOLULU - Both Maui Interscholastic League championship teams advanced to the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines Girls Basketball State Championships on Wednesday as Lahainaluna beat Roosevelt 58-44 and Molokai defeated University 35-30.
Milika Taufa had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lunas (15-0), the MIL Division I champions and No. 4 seed, who shot 46.4 percent (24-of-49) from the field at the Farrington High gym.
''We started out strong and played pretty good defense,'' Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard said. ''Overall, we did a good job.''
Taufa, who was 11-of-18 from the field, also had five blocks and four assists for Lahainaluna, which advanced to face defending state champion and top-seeded Punahou (12-1) in the semifinals today at the Blaisdell Arena.
''We're excited,'' Rickard said. ''The opportunity to play the defending state champs, that's all you can ask for.''
The Lunas are winners of the last five MIL D-I titles, but have never advanced to the semifinals.
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 4 Lahainaluna 58, Roosevelt 44
No. 2 Konawaena 50, Baldwin 28
No. 1 Punahou 53, Aiea 36
No. 3 Farrington 68, Iolani 51
Kailua 20, Moanalua 19
Kalani 81, Waiakea 64
At Blaisdell Arena
No. 4 Lahainaluna vs. No. 1 Punahou, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Konawaena vs. No. 2 Farrington, 7 p.m.
Kailua vs. Kalani, 11 a.m.
Roosevelt vs. Aiea, 1 p.m.
Baldwin vs. Iolani, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Molokai 35, University 30
No. 2 Kamehameha Hawaii 58, Kaiser 51
Kapaa 60, No. 1 Kahuku 56
Kaimuki 52, No. 3 Maryknoll 33
Hawaii Baptist 53, Seabury Hall 44
Hawaii Prep 42, St. Andrew's 29
No. 4 Molokai vs. Kapaa at Kalani, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Kamehameha Hawaii vs. Kaimuki at Radford, 7 p.m.
Hawaii Baptist vs. Hawaii Prep at Kalani, 3 p.m.
University vs. No. 1 Kahuku at Kalani, 5 p.m.
Kaiser vs. No. 3 Maryknoll at Radford, 5 p.m.
''We finally got over that hump,'' Rickard said. ''We're going to give it our best shot (against Punahou) and see what happens.''
Rickard said the team's objective against Roosevelt was stopping its shots from beyond the arc. The Rough Riders were 6-of-15 on 3-pointers during their win over Waiakea in the first round.
''Our focus was stopping the 3-pointers, use man-to-man defense,'' said Rickard, whose team limited Roosevelt to just three 3-point attempts, none of which were made.
Kelsea Cabrera scored 12 points and Maiki Viela added 10 points and six assists for the Lunas.
The Rough Riders (12-8) of the Oahu Interscholastic Association were led by Mikela Thoemmes, who had 16 points and 11 boards.
In another D-I quarterfinal, MIL runner-up Baldwin fell to No. 2 Konawaena 50-28 at the Kaimuki High gym.
Shauna Ah Yen led the Bears (10-6) with nine points.
Baldwin fell behind early, trailing 21-11 after the first quarter. Konawaena led 31-15 at the half.
Emalia Galdeira had a game-high 17 points for the Wildcats, champions of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation.
Baldwin plays Iolani (10-6), which lost 68-51 to No. 3 Farrington in the quarterfinals, today in a consolation game.
The Buffanblu, winners of four of the last six state titles, advanced to play the Lunas with their 53-36 quarterfinal victory over Aiea.
In Division II play, MIL champion Molokai pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring University 6-2 during the final period at the Kalani High gym.
Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario scored 20 points for the Farmers (11-0).
Ruth Tusi led the Jr. Rainbows (11-2) with 11 points.
Molokai advanced to play Kapaa (10-0) in a semifinal today at Kalani.
Kapaa, the Kauai Interscholastic Federation champion, earned their semifinal spot by upsetting top-seeded Kahuku of the OIA, 60-56.
In other quarterfinal games, No. 2 Kamehameha Hawaii defeated Kaiser 58-51 and Kaimuki knocked off No. 3 Maryknoll 52-33.
In D-II consolation play, MIL runner-up Seabury Hall lost to Hawaii Baptist Academy 53-44 at the Radford High gym.
The Spartans finish the season at 7-5. The Eagles improved to 11-6.
N0. 4 LAHAINALUNA 58, ROOSEVELT 44
Kelcie Namba 6, Abcde Furuta-Harata 0, Mikela Thoemmes 16, Joshlyn Noga 13, Tasia Kamakawiwoole 7, Charisse Tanabe 0, Samantha Murakami 0, Kathleen Nakata 0, Nicole Ramirez 2, Rachel Gomes 0.
Maiki Viela 10, Trina Akima 0, Rachael Rickard 4, Mele Filikitonga 2, Milika Taufa 24, Kelsea Cabrera 12, Hiilei Bacalso 0, Ana-Marie Lauese 2, Matenoa Taufa 2, Ofa Namoa 2.
NO. 2 KONAWAENA 50, BALDWIN 28
Samantha Agtunong 4, Malia Chang 2, Shauna Ah Yen 9, Christine Co 7, Tasha Buika 4, Jennifer Alakai 0, Dayna Villanova 0, Jessica Malknecht 2, Breanna Gaddis 0, Malia Killiam 0, Ariana Newton 0.
Makayla Awa 8, Kara Hanato-Smith 9, Emalia Galdeira 17, Anuhea Wall 7, Dawnyelle Awa 5, Thea Hanato-Smith 4, Hokulani Reyes 0, Juliet Palu 0, Aukele Waikiki 0, Misilosa Uulopa 0, Kimberly Brown 0.
NO. 4 MOLOKAI 35, UNIVERSITY 30
(full box score not reported)
Ruth Tusi 11, Angie Yoshizu 7, Piilani Mahoe 6, Melanie Cortez 4, Quynne Eharis 2.
Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario 20, Kalei Adolpho 9, Puna Kawamae 4, Kyle Joe Mawae 2.
HAWAII BAPTIST 53, SEABURY HALL 44
SEABURY HALL (44)
Charlotte Burns 2, Lesley Smith 7, Sierra Jacob 11, Ariel Duell 6, Taylor Rudow 13, Alicia Imada 5, Samantha Sullivan 0, Samantha Monge 0
HAWAII BAPTIST ACADEMY (53)
Keline Yoshimura 27, Narissa Fujii 11, Jordin Ramos 0, Kayla Yamamota 0, Lyndsey Strach 1, Amber Au 0, Jennifer Young 8, Rebecca Dang 0, Stefanie Sueda 0, Sharon Kim 0, Kimberly Au 0, Reana Lee 6, Jami Grumling 0.
Hawaii Baptist 13101812-53