Seabury girls win, qualify for first state hoops final

The Seabury Hall girls basketball team advanced to the Division II state championship game at the Snapple/HHSAA tournament on Friday night with a 55-43 win over Hanalani.

The Spartans (14-0) girls will play in their first state basketball title game in school history, tonight against Hawaii Baptist Academy. The Seabury boys lost the state title game to University High in 2016, the school’s only other state basketball final.

Ameera Waterford scored 19 points to go along with three assists, four rebounds and five steals for the Spartans against the Royals, while two-time Maui Interscholastic League D-II Player of the Year Anau Tuivai had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots.

Lishae Scanlan scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and added three steals and three blocks for Hanalani (13-3), the second-place team from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The second-high scorer for the Royals was Keila Tsutsui with nine points.

The Spartans stretched a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter to 25-10 at halftime.

The state title game will be just the third ever for an MIL girls team at the D-II level — Molokai won the state title in 2009 and finished second in 2010.

The D-II state title game will be televised on OC16 (channel 12, digital cable 1012) at 5 p.m. from the Stan Sheriff Center.

The two MIL Division I teams both bowed out of the tournament with losses in fifth-place semifinal games.

MIL Division I champion Lahainaluna bounded out to a 16-3 lead after one quarter and still led 48-37 after three quarters, but lost to Waiakea 60-54. Susi Namoa led the Lunas with 24 points and Ashley Akamine added 20.

Maui High was eliminated by Kahuku 60-19. The Sabers did not score in the final quarter and were led by Honey Let Padasdao, who had four points.

SEABURY HALL (55)

Anau Tuivai 12, Ameera Waterford 19, Rachel Gilbert 3, Faylin Sales 0, Brittlay Carillo 9, Lacey Flammer , Kiiola Rilveria 6, Bella Jardine 0, Leela Waterford 2, Pio Tuivai 4.

HANALANI (43)

Lishae Scanlan 26, Keila Tsutsui 9, Charli-Ann Hiers 3, Jacie Nava 2, Kira Matsuda 1, Tatem Foster 2, Paige Nakahara 0, Lauren Schroeder 0.

Seabury Hall 13 12 11 19–55

Hanalani 8 2 10 23–43

WAIAKEA 60, LAHAINALUNA 54

LAHAINALUNA (54)

Aira Baguyo 0, Abby Akamine 4, Ashley Akamine 20, Alea Kimokeo 0, Erin Hookano 4, Kiera Kaniho 0, Piper Pascua 0, Taylor Eldredge 0, Alexia Plaza 2, Teani Rickard 0, Susi Namoa 24.

WAIAKEA (60)

Zaelynn Lui-Cabinatan 16, Kelsie Imai 12, Destynee Williams 9, Jazelle Dorser 6, Keeli-Jade Smith 6,

Keighsha Walker 4, Jaycie Nishimura 3, Sara Iwahiro 2, Bethany Honma 2, Madison Hwang 0, Kayla Iwata 0,

Claire Kaneshiro 0, Jayla Tadeo-Jose 0.

Lahainaluna 16 12 20 6–54

Waiakea 3 27 7 23–60

KAHUKU 60, MAUI 19

MAUI HIGH (19)

Honey Let Padasdao 4, Hiilani Arai 0, Kayla Thornton 3, Kealohi Real , Kylenna Rieta 3, Leiana Thornton 3, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa 4, Nicole Otsuka 0, Atasha Timbreza 0, Makena Stevenson 2, Ronie Butihi 0, Mayghen Thornton 0, Althea Garduque 0.

KAHUKU (60)

Leiah Naeata 15, Serina Aumua-Tuisava 8, Tati Kamae 6, Melaana Tonga 5, Aja Tapusoa 0, Maya Claytor 15, Kalia Kaahu 0, Mary Fonoimoana 3, Lela Tonga 2, Silitia Cravens 0, Trisha Faumuina 0, Kristen Lewis 0, Liana Holani 0, Mursina Soli 0, Leina Carvalho 0, Teija Crawford 0.

Maui High 7 6 6 0–19

Kahuku 15 16 10 19–60

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