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

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.

LAHAINALUNA (54)

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.

KONAWAENA (64)

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

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.

LANAI (60)

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

DIVISION I

Thursday’s Results

Quarterfinals

At Moanalua

No. 3 Lahainaluna 54, Mililani 46

No. 2 Maryknoll 58, Kaimuki 23

At McKinley

No. 1 Konawaena 64, Kamehameha Maui 27

Kamehameha Kapalama 52, No. 4 Farrington 47

Today’s Games

At Neal Blaisdell Center

Consolation

Kamehameha Maui vs. Farrington, 1 p.m.

Mililani vs. Kaimuki, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Lahainaluna vs. Maryknoll, 5 p.m.

Konawaena vs. Kamehameha Kapalama, 7 p.m.

DIVISION II

Thursday’s Results

Consolation

At Kalani

Lanai 60, Kohala 59

At Farrington

Hawaii Baptist 50, Waipahu 30

Quarterfinals

At Kalani

No. 4 Kalani 68, Kauai 48

No. 1 Mid-Pacific 82, Damien 30

At Farrington

No. 2 Kamehameha Hawaii 44, Moana-lua 33

Saint Francis 52, No. 3 Seabury Hall 27

Today’s Games

Consolation

At Neal Blaisdell Center

Lanai vs. Hawaii Baptist, 11 a.m.

At Farrington

Kauai vs. Damien, 5 p.m.

Seabury Hall vs. Moanalua, 7 p.m.

Semifinals

At Kalani

Saint Francis vs. Kamehameha Hawaii, 5 p.m.

Kalani vs. Mid-Pacific, 7 p.m.

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