HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARBULLETIN.COM
McKinley's Jorina Faletoi shot through Kahuku's Artevia Wily and Lenora Nauahi last night at McKinley High School Gym .
Raiders bounce back
Camilla Ah-Hoy scored all nine of her points in the final 4:41 as No. 8 Kahuku rallied from a 12-point deficit for a 43-40 win at McKinley last night.
Artevia Wily led Kahuku (8-4 overall) with 18 points, but the Lady Raiders seemed a bit stagnant for the first 28 minutes.
"If we come out half as hard as we do in practice, we're a different team," coach Val Anae said.
The Lady Raiders improved to 1-1 in Oahu Interscholastic Association East play after the second long bus ride in as many games. They lost their league opener on Friday in double-overtime at Kalaheo. McKinley dropped to 0-3 in league play despite playing some of its best basketball of the season. Chelsie Sato paced the Lady Tigers (7-6 overall) with 17 points.
McKinley shot just 8-for-20 from the foul line.
"We missed the front ends of one-and-ones, too. That third quarter, we wanted to work for good shots and get back into our momentum, but Wily and Ah-Hoy took the momentum," coach Jesse Victorino said.
A deliberate offense of backscreens and picks and rolls helped McKinley keep the visitors off-balance. Kahuku, working with a new starting lineup, struggled to keep pace with the cutting Tigers at times.
"We only had one day to practice with our new lineup," said Ah-Hoy, who suffered a right shoulder injury during an offseason volleyball trip to Las Vegas. "I don't know. We just gotta get used to it."
McKinley steadily built on its lead and opened the margin to 23-14 after Kamakani Victorino fed Sato for a layup on an inbounds play midway through the second quarter.
"Coach told us at halftime we were playing too high," Ah-Hoy said.
McKinley paid no mind, stretching the lead to 32-20 after Crystal Tafai scored inside on a pass from Sato.
Wily and Ah-Hoy tightened up defensively to spark Kahuku. Wily sank a 3-pointer and took a steal downcourt for an easy layup to cut the lead to seven at the end of the third quarter.
McKinley committed six turnovers in the first 4 minutes of the final quarter to give Kahuku opportunities. Brittney Fasolai's layup tied the game at 38, and Ah-Hoy swished a 12-foot jumper to give her team the lead for good with 1:36 left.
After the teams exchanged baskets, Wily hit a foul shot for a 43-40 lead with 23 seconds left. McKinley struggled to get a good look at the basket in the final seconds. Kaitlyn Ikehara's off-balance 29-footer was well short.
Lenora Nauahi and Ah-Hoy clamped down on Sato, holding her scoreless in the final quarter.
"We tried hard to contain her," Ah-Hoy said.
Now Roosevelt waits for a Friday showdown.
"They're not going to sit down. They'll be ready to take us," Anae said. "Our new rotation will take some time to get used to."
Both teams struggled from the field. Kahuku shot 18-for-56 (32 percent) and McKinley shot 14-for-48 (29 percent). The Lady Raiders were only 4-for-11 from the foul line.
KAHUKU--Camilla Ah-Hoy 9, Lenora Nauahi 2, Ane Vea 0, Lily Latu 2, Krystal Manguba-Glover 2, Brittney Fasolai 4, Artevia Wily 18, Nicole Nautu 0, Salote Livai 2, Breeah Hatch 0, Christine Meredith 2, Kaimi Ah Puck 2.
MCKINLEY--Kaitlyn Ikehara 0, Chelsie Sato 17, Kamakani Victorino 3, Pearly Togiai 6, Joelle Sagapolutele 0, Jorina Faletoi 2, Crystal Tafai 6, Chellisa Faletoi 0, Christine Ching 6.
3-point goals -- Kahuku 3 (Wily 2, Ah-Hoy), McKinley 4 (Ching 2, Sato, Victorino).
Junior varsity -- Kahuku 62, McKinley 19
No. 6 Roosevelt 60, Kaiser 35
Iwalani Rodrigues scored 16 points as the visiting Rough Riders routed the Cougars to remain undefeated.
After a close first half, Roosevelt pulled away in the third quarter with Rodrigues' nine points, outscoring Kaiser 17-3.
At Kaiser H.S. gym
ROOSEVELT--Dianna Zane 3, Tati Beasley 6, Tiana Sugui 8, Iwalani Rodrigues 16, Melanie Nakatani 1, Noelle Kawelo 14, Shannon Miyashiro 8, Kayleen Kaaiai 2, Kanani Young 2.
KAISER--Aja Yamamoto 3, Jessica Dusich 6, Chelsey Okuma 9, Keely Bitanga 4, Renee Shitanishi 3, Sharde Pratt 10.
3-point goals -- Roosevelt 4 (Rodrigues 2, Sugui, Zane), Kaiser 2 (Okuma, Yamamoto).
Moanalua 48, Farrington 39
The Menehunes had three scorers in double figures, led by Jamie Ronolo with 18, sister Britni added 13 and Jade Miller chipped in with 10 points.
Moanalua jumped out to an early 15-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Farrington managed to come within six at the half.
At Moanalua H.S. gym
FARRINGTON--Malia Segundo 0, Cani Keauoha 2, Kalani Atatasi 7, Elane Leaupepe 4, Joanna Montero 0, Deja Bryce 0, Tatiana Alualu 10, Kapio Atatasi 4, Polohiva Folaumahina 6, Bryanna Tatupu-Leopoldo 6.
MOANALUA--Brianna Lagat-Ramos 0, Jade Miller 10, Janelle Uncango 0, Jamie Ronolo 18, Terina Blue 5, Britni Ronolo 13, Nikol Felder 2.
3-point goals -- Farrington 1 (Kal. Atatasi), Moanalua 3 (J. Ronolo 2, Blue).