ILH DIVISION I GIRLS
Iolani rebounds to beat Mid-Pacific
The Iolani Raiders are not, to be sure, a team that will dwell on the past very long.
Jamie Smith made sure of that. The 6-foot senior amassed 22 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots as No. 2 Iolani pulled away from pesky Mid-Pacific 47-31 last night at the Raiders' gym.
Iolani improved to 2-1 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play, bouncing back from a loss to No. 1 Punahou on Thursday.
"That's in the past. We still get to play them two more times," Smith said of the Buffanblu. If anything, the defeat sharpened the Raiders' resolve -- bad news for the talented, young Owls.
Chanel Hirata led Iolani's 3-point barrage and finished with 11 points.
Johnelle Kapua led Mid-Pacific (1-3) with 10 points. The Owls soared early on 7-for-10 shooting against Iolani's 2-3 zone in the first quarter.
Kapua hit all three of her shots and Jordan Kealoha added five as Mid-Pacific battled to a 17-all stalemate entering the second quarter. Rugged defense by posts Keaton McFadden and Jenna Savusa worked to some extent on Smith.
Iolani stayed in its zone, but upped the ante.
"Mid-Pac made some tough shots. We needed to pick up our intensity," Raiders coach Glenn Takara said. "We extended our defense and made them shoot over us."
The Raiders also sped up the tempo by pushing the ball in transition.
"We wanted to force them to run more, to work harder on defense," Takara added.
The adjustment worked. Though Smith scored 11 in the first quarter and just one in the second, reserve guard Lori Yamashita came through with two mid-range jumpers. After Dayna Jandoc drilled a 3-pointer late in the half, the Raiders took a 27-22 lead into halftime.
Mid-Pacific struggled with turnovers in the second quarter, but it was poor shooting that led to a downfall in the third. The Owls shot just 3-for-14 as Iolani took command. Jandoc swished another trey and Smith scored on a tough drive as Iolani opened the second half with an 8-0 run for a 35-22 lead.
"For some reason, we always start out strong in the second and third quarters," Smith said.
Mid-Pacific got within 36-29 after Ashley Yamachika hit a trey, but the Owls got no closer. Smith's coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer by Hirata pushed the Raiders to a 43-29 lead early in the fourth quarter.
"We wanted to penetrate with (Iolani) in a zone," MPI coach Byron Cheng said. "Get it down low or kick it out for a 3, but our guards overpenetrated and Jamie blocked us three times in a row. You gotta give credit to her."
Takara was glad for his team's offensive patience against the improving Owls.
"I think Mid-Pac is a dangerous team. They can go small or big. Against Punahou and us, they were close in the first half," he said.
Iolani's pestering defense limited Kapua and Kealoha to a combined 7-for-25 shooting from the field.
At Iolani H.S. gym
MID-PACIFIC--Paige Young 0, Ashley Yamachika 7, Johnelle Kapua 10, Kristin Yama 0, Shanon Nishimura 0, Alyssa Kau 0, Jordan Kealoha 5, Keaton McFadden 6, Jenna Savusa 3.
IOLANI--Tami Konishi 0, Kylie Ahlo 2, Lahela Usui 2, Lori Yamashita 4, Chanel Hirata 11, Dayna Jandoc 6, Jamie Smith 22, Raechele Takara 0, Georgette Lopes-Liutolo 0, Hailey Maeda 0.
3-point goals--MPI 1 (Yamachika), Iolani 6 (Hirata 3, Jandoc 2, Smith).
No. 5 Kamehameha 46, Sacred Hearts 40
Tiana Abbley scored 17 points to lead the Warriors past the Lancers.
At Kamehameha H.S. gym
|Sacred Hearts (0-3)
SACRED HEARTS--Rayna Munos 2, Kamri Lin 2, Mogran Donohue 0, Ashley Ordenstein 6, Maya Clark 16, Lindsey Bareng 0, Raecha-Ann Kauahikaua 6, Charnelle Pires 5, Kuhina Luis 3, Naihe Paikai 0.
KAMEHAMEHA--Alexis Furtado 7, Zayne Apiki 2, Pomaikai Kalakau 4, Shaleese Javillo 0, Lindsey Wong 4, Tiana Abbley 17, Piikea Kalakau 2, Rhani Kaneaiakala 2, Mara Mukai 0, Kylle Roy 2, Casey Lum 6.
3-point-goals--Sacred Hearts 6 (Clark 4, Ordenstein 2), Kamehameha 2 (Furtado, Abbley).
ILH DIVISION II GIRLS
Hanalani 59, Lanakila Baptist 21