Lunas into state semis for fourth straight year
Kamehameha Maui, Seabury Hall sent to consolation bracket
The Maui News – The Lahainaluna High School girls basketball team squandered nearly all of a 27-point lead before hanging on to defeat Mililani 54-46 in the quarterfinals of the Snapple Division I State Championship on Thursday evening at the Moanalua gym in Honolulu.
The third-seeded Lunas (15-0) jumped out to a 29-9 lead after the first quarter and led 39-16 at the half. A jumper by Susi Namoa gave the Maui Interscholastic League champions their largest lead at 43-16 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, but they were held to just one free throw the rest of the frame as the Trojans chipped away.
Kalena Gibson’s basket with 3:37 left pulled Mililani (11-4) within 50-45, but that’s as close as the Trojans would get. The Lunas held Mililani to a free throw the rest of the way while going 4-of-7 from the line themselves to advance to the state final four for the fourth straight season and for the eight time in nine seasons.
Lisa Hafoka had 17 points and Namoa finished with 15 points and five rebounds before both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Lahainaluna takes on No. 2-seeded Maryknoll in the semifinals today at Neal Blaisdell Arena.
Gibson led the Trojans with 14 points and six rebounds.
In another D-I quarterfinal at McKinley, Kamehameha Maui lost to two-time defending champion Konawaena 64-27.
Kaylee Cambra had 11 points six rebounds and three blocks for the Warriors (11-5). The MIL runners-up were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 30-6 at the half.
Mikayla Tablit and Cherilyn Molina each had 14 points, Celena Molina scored 12 and Caiyle Kaupu added 11 for the top-seeded Wildcats (13-0).
Kamehameha Maui will take on Farrington today in a consolation game at the Blaisdell.
In a Division II quarterfinal, MIL champion Seabury Hall lost to Saint Francis 52-27 at Farrington.
Kyra Cambra, one of three Spartans who are also playing in the girls soccer state tournament this week, led Seabury (7-3) with nine points. The Spartans never led after the opening minutes of the game.
Olivia Vaeatangitau had 17 points and 19 rebounds, and Kaimi Kalei added 11 points for the Saints (11-1).
Seabury Hall plays Moanalua today at Farrington in a consolation game.
In a D-II consolation game at Kalani, Kayla Garcia scored 20 points and Arriana Maltezo had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as Lanai (7-5) edged Kohala 60-59.
Mikayla Kekoa had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Camylle Jade Agbayani added 12 points for the Cowgirls (5-8).
The Pine Lasses will face Hawaii Baptist today in the consolation final at the Blaisdell.
LAHAINALUNA 54, MILILANI 46
Kayla Torres 8, Dahlis Sablay 5, Hope Carter 6, Kalena Gibson 14, Cheyenne Ardona 7, Teona Singletary 0, Taysia Canon 4, Janae Ritchie 2, Kayla Tansiongco 0, Natalia Kojima 0.
Rachael Balagso 5, Braenna Estabillo 7, Keiko Aotaki 5, Lisa Hafoka 17, Susi Namoa 15, Sheilaika Agbayani 0, Erin Hookano 5.
Mililani 9 7 17 13–46
Lahainaluna 29 10 5 10–54
KONAWAENA 64, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 27
KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (27)
Kealia Sjostrand 2, Brylee Carillo 0, Kimani Fernandez-Roy 2, Kaylee Cambra 11, Ashley Peralta 7, Brianne Reformina 0, Shaylisse Gregory 0, Tatiana Soon 0, Mikiala Sniffin 0, Angel Pauole 5.
Mikayla Tablit 14, Cherilyn Molina 14, Mahie Kaawa 4, Celena Molina 12, Caiyle Kaupu 11, Tanniya Uchida 5, Gracelyn Hing 0, Tayvia Cabatbat 4.
KS Maui 0 6 14 7–27
Konawaena 14 16 9 25–64
LANAI 60, KOHALA 59
Brittany Shimono 7, Jasmine Hook 2, Camylle Jade Agbayani 12, Angel Ramos 5, Mikayla Kekoa 17, Cheylin Imai 2, Shania Fuertes 3, Zaz Matsu 2, Maya Anderson 9, Cheyenne Fuertes 0, Gabby Tomas 0.
Gina Anton 6, Tyana Soberano-Foster 6, Arriana Maltezo 15, Jana Ohashi 9, Kayla Garcia 20, Claire Vila 4.
Kohala 18 10 6 25–59
Lanai 9 19 14 18–60
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 3 Lahainaluna 54, Mililani 46
No. 2 Maryknoll 58, Kaimuki 23
No. 1 Konawaena 64, Kamehameha Maui 27
Kamehameha Kapalama 52, No. 4 Farrington 47
At Neal Blaisdell Center
Kamehameha Maui vs. Farrington, 1 p.m.
Mililani vs. Kaimuki, 3 p.m.
Lahainaluna vs. Maryknoll, 5 p.m.
Konawaena vs. Kamehameha Kapalama, 7 p.m.
Lanai 60, Kohala 59
Hawaii Baptist 50, Waipahu 30
No. 4 Kalani 68, Kauai 48
No. 1 Mid-Pacific 82, Damien 30
No. 2 Kamehameha Hawaii 44, Moana-lua 33
Saint Francis 52, No. 3 Seabury Hall 27
At Neal Blaisdell Center
Lanai vs. Hawaii Baptist, 11 a.m.
Kauai vs. Damien, 5 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Moanalua, 7 p.m.
Saint Francis vs. Kamehameha Hawaii, 5 p.m.
Kalani vs. Mid-Pacific, 7 p.m.