Iolani, Mid-Pacific vieStar-Bulletin staff
for final ILH state slot
Iolani needed to work overtime last night to advance to a showdown with Mid-Pacific for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's third berth in the state girls' basketball tournament.
The Raiders (9-5) and Owls (7-6) meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at McCabe Gym to determine the 12th, and final, participant in next week's state tournament.
"We talked about how none of us have been to the state tournament yet and we didn't want our season to end this way," Iolani junior Monica Tokoro said.
The Raiders haven't been to the state tournament since they won the title in 1996.
"Although we beat Mid-Pacific twice (in the regular season), they were both close games," Iolani coach Bernie Ching said. "Every game from now on is going to be tough."
The Raiders won the two previous meetings, 42-37 and 57-54.
IOLANI 45, MARYKNOLL 39 (OT):The Raiders scored the first five points in overtime to survive a scare from the Spartans (4-10).
Tokoro and Trisha Nishimoto each scored 12 points for Iolani.
Maryknoll led, 16-15, at halftime, and the score was 35-35 at the end of regulation.
The Spartans turned the ball over 28 times and missed 14 of 22 free throws.
Kainoa Fialkowski tallied 16 points for Maryknoll.
Maryknoll 6 12 5 12 4-39 Iolani 10 5 12 8 10-45
MARYKNOLL: Diana Samson 0, Elizabeth Kam 2, Michelle Baduria 6, Shannon Riley 5, Shalei Bissen 2, Shayne Enright 4, Carla Donlin 4, Hannah Porterfield 0, Kainoa Fialkowski 16.
IOLANI: Trisha Nishimoto 12, Kacy Nekoba 0, Monica Tokoro 12, Kari Hayashi 0, Noelle Izumi 5, Fabriann Gin 5, Keri Tomomitsu 6, Elyssa Street 3, Mitzi Ing 2.
3-point goals-Maryknoll 1 (Baduria); Iolani 1 (Nishimoto).
MID-PACIFIC 54, ST. FRANCIS 35:The Owls used two big runs to end the Troubadours' season.
Mid-Pacific scored the first nine points of the game, and when St. Francis closed to within 25-22, scored 10 straight to pull away.
Jade Savusa, the ILH's leading scorer during the regular season, poured in 24 points for the Owls.
Jamila Jarmon paced St. Francis (14-2) with 10 points.
St. Francis committed 27 turnovers. The Owls had 17 turnovers in the game, but just four in the second half.
St. Francis 9 13 8 5-35 Mid-Pacific 12 18 15 9-54
ST. FRANCIS: Kanakolu Noa 0, Malena Feeney 6, Malia White 1, Deeann Nahale 5, Adriane Pereira 9, Lauren Upadhyaya 1, Chelsey Correa 0, Paea Williams 0, Elizabeth Narkon 3, Jamila Jarmon 10.
MID-PACIFIC Kristi Hamada 3, Jean Kasamoto 0, Rosella Leonhardt 0, Kristy Minamisin 2, Erika Sayson 0, Shannon Nishi 3, Ashley Watamura 6, Stephanie Toshi 8, Christina Hee 6, Caroline Beddow 2, Jade Savusa 24.
3-point goals-St. Francis 2 (Pereira 2); Mid-Pacific 5 (Savusa 5, Hamada, Nishi).
Labatte qualifies for Junior Olympics gymnastics:Castle senior Tacia Labatte has qualified for a spot on the U.S. Junior Olympics National Gymnastics Team.
Labatte, a member of the Hawaiian Island Twisters, earned a spot by finishing second in the all-around division at the Junior Olympic National Championships last weekend in Pontiac, Mich. She was also second in the floor exercise and third in the uneven parallel bar events.
Labatte will train with the junior national team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She will be attending the University of Utah in the fall on a gymnastics scholarship.