HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Kalaheo takes top spot in OIA East
With league-leading scorer Shanadee Canon sidelined with an injury, sharpshooter Kendra Fischer came up big when her team needed her the most.
The senior nailed two 3-pointers as part of a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter and No. 6 Kalaheo held on to defeat host and fifth-ranked Roosevelt 45-40 last night in a matchup of two previously undefeated teams in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division.
Canon led all scorers with 21 points, but missed the final 4:30 of the game after appearing to roll her ankle on a shot that gave the Mustangs (4-0) a 33-30 lead. The clutch shooting of Fischer and inspired play from backup point guard Delicia Wilson down the stretch helped the Mustangs take over sole possession of first in the division.
"We depend on (Canon) for so much that I'm really impressed with how the kids kept their composure when she went out and pulled together," Mustangs coach Chico Furtado said. "Kendra made that huge 3 from the corner and Delicia handled the ball well. This was a very good win."
Fischer, who came into the game third in the league in scoring at 16.7 points per game, finished with 13. Kalaheo's defense also proved to be tough, limiting Roosevelt's scoring duo of Iwalani Rodrigues and Tati Beasley to just eight and seven points, respectively, and holding the Rough Riders (4-1) without a point for an eight-minute span in the second half.
"We knew this was important because both of us were undefeated," Fischer said. "We really needed (Canon) out there, but she couldn't go so coach told us to just step up at the end and we did."
Early on, it was the home team that came out with more intensity as Roosevelt took an early 10-5 lead. But Canon answered back by scoring the next nine points for Kalaheo to tie it at 14. The junior scored 11 of her 21 in the second quarter, and a jumper by Fischer with two seconds left gave the Mustangs a 26-21 halftime lead.
A three-point play by Canon increased the Mustangs' lead to eight in the opening minutes of the second half, but Roosevelt held Kalaheo scoreless over the final 5:56 of the third quarter. The Rough Riders took a 30-29 lead after three quarters on a jumper by Noelle Kawelo.
"When we were running our sets and moving the ball, we did well," Furtado said. "We got out of control and a little sloppy and they came back on us."
Shannon Miyashiro scored a team-high 14 points for the Rough Riders, who were outrebounded 34-24. Kalaheo's Kaliko Kepa, held to just three points, still made a big impact with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block.
"She has been a gem for us," Furtado said. "You can not measure her worth by points. Her presence on the court and her ability to get on the boards despite being undersized gives everyone a big confidence boost."
Both teams hit the road on Friday for their next game as Kalaheo plays at Farrington and Roosevelt visits McKinley.
At Roosevelt H.S. gym
KALAHEO--Hoku Kaiu-Denning 0, Delicia Wilson 2, Lohi Aweau 0, Anu AhYun 0, Shanadee Canon 21, Brianne Villarosa 4, Katie Lintz 2, Kendra Fischer 13, Kaliko Kepa 3.
ROOSEVELT--Dianne Zane 4, Tati Beasley 7, Iwalani Rodrigues 8, Shandree Armstead 0, Noelle Kawelo 3, Shannon Miyashiro 14, Kayleen Kaaiai 4.
3-point goals -- Kalaheo 4 (Fischer 3, Canon), Roosevelt 1 (Kaaiai)
Junior varsity -- Roosevelt 70, Kalaheo 39
No. 8 Kahuku 54, Farrington 52
Artevia Wily racked up 19 points as the Red Raiders edged the Governors.
Christine Meredith added 11 points to help Kahuku get its second win of the year.
At Kahuku H.S. gym
FARRINGTON-- Janiene Telefoni-Sablan 2, Joanna Montero 0, Deja Bryce 9, Kirstyn Vaa 6, C'ani Kealoha 10, Kalani Alatasi 6, Kapio Alatasi 9, Bryana Tatupu-Leopoldo 5, Elane Leaupepe 5.
KAHUKU--Camilla Ah-Hoy 7, Lenora Nauahi 10, Ane Vea 0, Lily Latu 0, Krystal Manguba-Glover 0, Brittney Fasolai 2, Artevia Wily 19, Nicole Nautu 0, Kaimi Ah Puck 0, Salote Livai 2, Christine Meredith 11, Keisha Moeai 0, Kenra Moe 3.
3-point goals -- Farrington 3 (Kealoha 2, Bryce).
Junior varsity -- Farrington 44, Kahuku 42