Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Tigers alive
thanks to turnovers

McKinley defeats Farrington
59-51 in overtime due largely
to 29 turnovers by the Governors

Sooner or later, the toll must be paid.

Twenty-nine turnovers cost Farrington dearly in a 59-51 overtime loss at McKinley last night.

Farrington's pain was McKinley's pleasure. McKinley improved to 4-2 in Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division play. The win kept the Tigers' playoff hopes alive and well; they trailed Kahuku, Kaiser and Kalaheo in the standings entering last night's games.

Farrington dropped to 4-3. Moanalua and Roosevelt had two losses entering last night's games. With only four playoff berths allotted -- there were six berths prior to this year -- the battle at McKinley Student Council Gym was crucial.

"Our seniors knew, if we don't beat Farrington, we probably don't make the playoffs," McKinley coach Jesse Victorino said. "Basically, this was a gut-check game and our seniors came through."

Bre Carson led McKinley with 18 points despite an off night from the 3-point line. Meagan Miyasaka, a defensive stopper, pumped in 15 points, and freshman Chelsie Sato added 15 points and seven boards in the post.

McKinley overcame a superb effort by Farrington senior Sunshine Misa-Uli. The 5-foot-10 center scored 17 points and hauled in 20 rebounds.

Tanya Sale managed 13 points and guard Joanna Montero, a sophomore, added nine.

Farrington led by nine in the final quarter before the Tigers rallied and took the lead. Farrington regained the lead at 45-42 with 14 seconds left in regulation. That's when Chantal Yadao swished a 22-footer from the left wing for 3, tying the game at 45 with nine seconds remaining.

The Governors called timeout and got the ball inbounds, where Misa-Uli corralled a loose ball at midcourt. She drove to the hoop and missed a tough left-handed layup attempt at the buzzer, but Farrington fans were aghast that no foul was called on the play, as two Tigers defended on the breakaway.

Misa-Uli stayed down for five minutes with a leg cramp. "If she's going up, there's no way she's coming down to the floor unless she's fouled," Farrington coach Jenic Tumaneng said of Misa-Uli, a two-time state wrestling champion at 175 pounds.

Farrington regained the lead on Montero's free throw, but McKinley went on an 11-2 run. Utilizing their full-court press, the Tigers forced four Farrington turnovers during the run.

McKinley made 10 of 16 free throws in the extra period, while Farrington made just one of its seven field-goal tries.

For the game, McKinley shot just 23 percent (17 of 73) from the field. That included a 3-for-32 performance in the first half. It also includes 5-for-28 shooting from the 3-point line. Farrington, which shot 43 percent (14 of 35) from the floor, also outrebounded McKinley 50-28.

The Tigers made up for it by committing just seven turnovers and making 22 of 36 tries from the foul line.

"Bre had a tough night, but Meagan kicked it in gear, and Chantal stepped it up," Victorino said of his senior guards. McKinley constantly attacked the rim, forcing Farrington's man defense to commit or back off. Misa-Uli picked up her fourth personal foul late in the third quarter and sat for three crucial minutes.

While she was on the bench, McKinley rallied from a 36-27 deficit. Farrington's misfortune began when a free throw by Montero was disallowed because of a lane violation, keeping Farrington's lead at 37-30.

Carson drilled a 3-pointer, and on the same play, Montero fouled McKinley's Linda Fowler under the hoop. Fowler banked in her first free throw and swished the second, and the Tigers were suddenly within 37-35 with 5:23 left in regulation.

Yadao scored on a give-and-go layup to tie the game, and Carson came up with a steal for a breakaway layup to give McKinley a 39-37 lead with 3:18 to go. The lead changed hands three more times, and when Sandy Tauta hit an easy layup, Farrington led 45-42 with 14 seconds left.

That set up Yadao's game-tying shot. McKinley worked the ball upcourt to Sato for a quick timeout. The Tigers then called their patented sideline play to Yadao, who inbounded the ball to Sato, got the ball right back and drained the trey to force overtime.

At McKinley H.S. Gym
Farrington (4-3) 6 13 15 11 6 -- 51
McKinley (4-2) 6 10 11 18 14 -- 59

FARRINGTON--Joanna Montero 9, Rachael Ancheta 0, Audrina Esera 0, Tanya Sale 13, Shirlyn Tamboa 4, Sandy Tauta 6, Laticia Ioane 2, Sunshine Misa-Uli 17.
MCKINLEY--Chantal Yadao 7, Chelsie Sato 14, Meagan Miyasaka 17, Melody Ababa 0, Bre Carson 18, Janine Corpuz 1, Noelani Correia 0, Linda Fowler 2.
3-point goals --Farrington 1 (Montero), McKinley 5 (Carson 3, Sato, Yadao).
Junior varsity--Farrington 38, McKinley 36

Castle 56, Kaimuki 41: Tiare Kahoekapu scored 15 points and Shardae Ingano added in 11 as the Knights shut down the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter en route to a win.
The game was close until the fourth, when Castle's defense held Kaimuki to just 10 points.
Flora Mesa led Kaimuki with 15 points.
At Castle H.S. Gym
Kaimuki (1-6) 12 11 8
10-- 41
Castle (3-4) 15 10 9 22-- 56

KAIMUKI--Flora Mesa 15, Kara Hayashida 7, Sashi Capps-Doll 0, Keri Nakahashi 1, Nicole Sasaki 0, Rachelle Butler 0, Chelsea Gornichec 0, Noelani Duffey 0, Ashley Moi 9, Paige Moi 9, Dena Nakahashi 0.
CASTLE--Audrey Ako 0, Shardae Ingano 11, Kellsie Sasaki 9, Annie Garrett 8, Uilani Kekauoha 2, Stacy Tilton 0, Tiare Kahoekapu 15, Puna Waiolama 5, Sarah Kodama 2, Shanyn Fafard-Kaaihue 2, Titi Kawainui 2, Kalei Akaka 0.
3-point goals --Kaimuki 2 (Hayashida 1, Mesa 1), Castle 5 (Ingano 2, Sasaki 2, Waiolama 1).
Junior varsity--Kaimuki 45, Castle 42

Mililani 55, Waianae 38: The Trojans used a 17-4 run in the third quarter to break a 25-all tie and defeat the Seariders.
Ceclie Ma'afala scored 18 points to lead three Trojans into double figures. Yvonne Morris had 14 and Christina Korodan scored 12.
Tihare DeMello scored 11 to lead Waianae, with Tiare Kealoha-Holbron and Tashawn Mahoe adding in 10 apiece.
At Mililani H.S. Gym
Waianae (1-5) 12 13 4 9 -- 38
Mililani (4-3) 13 12 17 13 -- 55

WAIANAE--Leilani Faavesi 2, Daina Correa 2, Chelsie Park 0, Naomi Lino 0, Tashawn Mahoe 10, Tihare DeMello 11, Audrey Hauge 3, Tiare Kealoha-Holbron 10.
MILILANI--Suzy Jackson 0, Katelyn Ho 0, Yvonne Morris 14, Ceclie Ma'afala 18, Shantell Ka'auwai 2, Lori Nonies 2, Crystal Ah Sam 0, Ku'ulei Agbayani 0, Diamond Badajos 1, Chelcey Pang 0, Allyson Ochoa 3, Melissa Lehano 0, Christina Korodan 12, Erica James 3, Rebekah McKoy 0.
3-point goals --Waianae 2 (Hauge 1, Mahoe 1), Mililani 0.
Junior varsity--Mililani 47, Waianae 31.

Roosevelt 47, Moanalua 41: Nicole Yoshimoto scored 15 points as the Rough Riders used a strong defensive effort in the second quarter to rally past the Menehunes.
Roosevelt converted several steals into layups, including three by Yoshimoto in the second quarter.
Kepuanani Lee scored 18 points to lead Moanalua. Yoshimoto was also 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
At Roosevelt H.S. Gym
Moanalua (3-3) 11 7 3
20-- 41
Roosevelt (5-2) 9 16 1
21-- 47

MOANALUA--Talia Bertulfuo 0, Mesha Macadangdang 0, Bonnie Austad , Kaitlyn Ikehara 3, Ronni Keliihoomalu 10, Lisa Ertl 4, Sasha Silva 3, Joy Matsukawa 0, Kepuanani Lee 18, Jade Miller 3.
ROOSEVELT--Tati Beasley 9, Chelsie Kadota 5, Dasha Kawakami 1, Larisa Nakasone 8, Nicole Yoshimoto 15, Shannon Miyashiro 4, Dara Kiyuna 0, Nicole Okada 0, Miya Frank 5.
3-point goals --Moanalua 2 (Ikehara 1, Lee 1), Roosevelt 0.
Junior varsity--Moanalua 40, Roosevelt 29

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