HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARBULLETIN.COM
Jamie Ronolo of Moanalua put up a jumper over Whitney Tatomer of Kapolei during an OIA playoff game yesterday.
Ronolo, Moanalua move on; Kapolei kaput
Britni Ronolo saw the vision, and the vision materialized as a career night.
The Moanalua forward poured in a season-high 25 points as Moanalua broke open a close game in the third quarter en route to a 54-27 win over Kapolei last night in the opening round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs.
With the win at Leilehua's gym, Moanalua advanced to the quarterfinals and will meet Radford tonight. Quarterfinal winners will earn automatic state-tournament berths.
Jamie Ronolo added nine points for Moanalua, now 5-8 in league play.
Kapolei closed the season 4-7. Charmaine Jackson led the Hurricanes with seven points.
Moanalua looked tense and played tight in the opening minutes. That led to lead feet and a lot of foul problems.
"I told them the jitters are over," coach Rick Gonsalves said of a halftime chat. "We got out of what we do. We weren't moving our feet defensively, we weren't screening."
Point guard Jade Miller sat most of the second quarter after committing her third personal foul. Kapolei took advantage of her absence and pulled within 17-15 on two foul shots by Ashlee Dela Cruz.
"I was worried because we need Jade to lead our team," Ronolo said. "She's the role model for us."
Kapolei's inconsistent offense turned into an Achilles' heel.
"We were two possessions down, miss an inside shot, they scored, then we turned it over," Kapolei coach Jesse Baugh said.
Britni Ronolo, an undersized, but aggressive small forward, scored six points in a pivotal 13-3 run to open the second half. After Ronolo sank a jumper from the foul line, the Menehunes led 33-18 with 3:18 left in the third quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Twenty-eight turnovers saddled the 'Canes, as did dismal field-goal shooting (7-for-34). Moanalua outrebounded Kapolei 29-24, thanks in part to center Nikol Felder, who hauled in nine rebounds.
Ronolo, however, had the game of her life just when Moanalua needed someone to play with poise.
"I thought about this game the last two days, what I had to do. I visualized making my shots and playing defense," she said. "Kapolei never gave up. They played hard."
At Leilehua H.S. gym
KAPOLEI--Whitney Tatomer 2, Tricia Warashina 0, Hartley Marquez 0, Charmaine Jackson 7, Ashlee Dela Cruz 5, Kesha Miller 0, Gina Simanu 5, Tamara Satcher 0, Pua Pedrina 2, Elizabeth Simanu 1, Jamie Arthur 0, Lehua Figueroa 4, Ila Lopati 1, Cassidy Calio 0.
MOANALUA--Brianna Lagat-Ramos 2, Michelle Hardy 0, Jade Miller 4, Kimberly Sato 0, Deena Dela Cruz 2, Janelle Uncangco 2, Jamie Ronolo 9, Indah Widyakusuma 2, Terina Blue 2, Dawn Dela Cruz 0, Britni Ronolo 25, Nikol Felder 6.
3-point goals -- None.
Farrington 59, Leilehua 51
For 16 minutes, the Lady Mules played, perhaps, their best half of the season.
Unfortunately, Farrington didn't care one bit. The Lady Governors, who shot 3-for-34 from the field in the first half, erupted with eight clutch treys after intermission to rally from a 16-point deficit.
C'ani Kealoha led Farrington (5-8), the sixth seed from the East, with 17 points, all in the second half. She shot 5-for-8 from the 3-point line in the second half, swishing her final three attempts. Deja Bryce, who did not play in the first half, canned two big 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
Leilehua's big lead disintegrated rapidly, and Kealoha tied the game at 37 with a trey from the left wing. She followed that with a bomb from the left corner to give the Lady Govs the lead for good, 40-37, with 7:05 remaining.
Moments later, she knocked down another trey with a defender in her face to give Farrington a six-point lead. The Govs spread the floor and were never threatened again.
"We were thinking we'd come back," Kealoha said. "I just kept shooting."
Farrington coach Jenic Tumaneng implored his team to hit the boards in the second half. His team moved the ball impeccably against Leilehua's zone.
"They all can hit (the 3). They made the extra pass, and that made it easier," he said. "They were all good shots."
At Leilehua H.S. gym
FARRINGTON--Joanne White 0, C'ani Kealoha 17, Kalani Alatasi 6, Elane Leaupepe 8, Kapio Alatasi 4, Deja Bryce 10, Kirstyn Vaa 3, Bryanna Tatupu-Leopoldo 2, Janiene Telefoni-Segundo 1, Tatiana Alualu 8, Angie Gasio 0.
LEILEHUA--Ui Forgione 11, Ivanca Ilab 9, Mahela Punley 0, Gabby Pascual 1, Charlene Borromeo 6, Brittaney Stafford 12, Isis Atualevao 7, Marquesha McVea 5, Sha'nee Henderson 0, Jaslen Collado 0, Joray Nacapuy 0, Cassey Borromeo 0. .
3-point goals -- Farrington 8 (Kealoha 5, Bryce 2, Laupepe), Leilehua 4 (Ch. Borromoeo 2, Forgione, Ilab).
No. 7 Kahuku 63, Campbell 32
Artevia Wily scored a game-high 17 points, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Red Raiders past the Sabers.
Camilla Ah-Hoy added 16 points for Kahuku while Darlyn Livae led Campbell with 14 points.
At Kahuku H.S. gym
CAMPBELL--Windhy Guerrero 0, Cheyna Tagura 0, Shiann Leong 2, Shelei-Murray Thornton 0, Cierra Tagura 0, Jasmine Valentin 2, Val Quintana 1, Jenna Contemplo 1, Darlyn Livae 14, Jenny Sweeney 0, Berlyn Devera 6, Terri Feagiai 6.
KAHUKU--Camilla Ah-Hoy 16, Lenora Nauahi 2, Ane Vea 3, Lily Latu 2, Krystal Manguba-Glover 1, Brittney Fesolai 8, Artevia Wily 17, Nicole Nautu 1, Kaimi Ah Puck 3, Salote Livai 6, Christine Meredith 0, Keisha Moeai 0, Kenra Moe 4.
3-point goals -- Kahuku 2 (Wily 2).
Kaiser def. Pearl City
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Division II varsity girls
St. Andrew's 54, Le Jardin 34
Minna Watanabe 14. LeJ:
Kaitlin Kahahawai 10.
Division I junior varsity girls
Iolani 48, Mid-Pacific 32