Roosevelt to play for OIA crown


POSTED: Sunday, February 15, 2009

Any other year, Roosevelt would be celebrating an Oahu Interscholastic Association Red championship right now.

But thanks to the OIA tournament switching to a double-elimination format, the Rough Riders still have work to do.

Mikela Thoemmes finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five steals and Kelcie Namba scored seven of her nine points to lead Roosevelt past Kalani 62-41 last night at Moanalua.

A night after upsetting No. 1 Farrington, the Rough Riders (11-4) secured a spot in the championship game with their fourth win in five nights.

“;I thought everybody on our team played an excellent game tonight,”; Roosevelt coach Clint Chikamori said.

The Rough Riders are the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament, and will try for their third OIA Red title in four years Thursday night at McKinley.

The Falcons (9-7) still have a chance at the title, but will have to win three games next week, including two against the Rough Riders, who have been impressive since Thoemmes returned from an injury.

“;They played well and we didn't,”; Kalani coach George Weeks said. “;That's why they won the ball game.”;

Violet Alama led the Falcons with 12 points, including two baskets early to put her team up 9-4. But Kalani missed its next 12 shots and went 7 minutes without a point as the Rough Riders scored the next 11 to take a six-point lead.

Thoemmes had all five steals in the first half, helping Roosevelt force 11 turnovers by halftime. Joshy Noga had six points and seven rebounds in the second quarter alone

as Roosevelt built a 27-15 lead at the break.

“;I thought we played excellent defense,”; Chikamori said.

Kalani overcame 6-for-32 shooting in the first half by hitting four of its first six shots in the third quarter to pull to 31-25. Roosevelt's Tasia Kamakawiwoole answered with two free throws and hit two mid-range jumpers as the Rough Riders answered with a 13-0 run to put the game out of reach. The Falcons never cut the lead back to single digits.

“;We really worked as a team and picked each other up,”; Namba said. “;Our coach told us to focus on shutting down two key people and I think we did a pretty good job.”;

Alama finished with 12, but was only 5-for-18 from the field. Ashlyn Onaga, who scored 24 a night earlier against Moanalua, was held to nine points on 4-for-14 shooting.

“;We couldn't make any shots,”; Weeks said.

Roosevelt will have four days off while Kalani plays the winner of Tuesday's Farrington-Kailua matchup on Wednesday to get another shot at the Rough Riders a day later.

If Roosevelt loses on Thursday, it would get one more shot at winning the OIA Red title on Saturday.


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Roosevelt (11-4)1215171862

KALANI—Kelsie Maslanka 3, Corie Kuia 3, Tiffany Liao 0, Ashlyn Onaga 9, Kiera Iinuma 3, Kristi Belshe 0, Cristine Sasano 0, Violet Alama 12, Hikaru Kumagai 6, Jamie Higa 4, Tiare Maafala 1.

ROOSEVELT—Charisse Tanabe 0, Kelcie Namba 9, Samantha Murakami 0, Kathleen Nakata 0, Nicole Ramirez 6, Abcde Furuta-Harada 10, Rachel Gomes 0, Mikela Thoemmes 17, Joshy Noga 12, Cierra Kapea 0, Tasia Kamakawiwoole 8.

3-point goals—Kalani 5 (Iinuma Onaga, Kumagi, Higa, Maslanka), Roosevelt 2 (Ramirez, Namba).

No. 1 Farrington 77, Aiea 60
The Governors used a strong third quarter to pull away from Na Alii.

Farrington (14-1)1917212077
Aiea (11-4)1219121760

FARRINGTON—Janell Nance 7, Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 16, Natalie Mata 12, Lusina Otineru 6, Kirsten Liana 10, Macilee Moi 3, Sofia Folaumahina 14, Jasmine Funtanilla 2, Angie Argel 1, Lucky Crichton 3, Precious Maave 3, Aisha Gaea 0.

AIEA—Celeste Fong 3, Kaala Leopoldo 0, Natasha Helsham 19, Natasha Fong 7, Briana Brooks 0, Crystal Tagudin 5, Rayna Strom-Okimoto 2, Tiara Fetui 0, Kaui Kuehu 0, Carol Sio 13, Emily Tausaga 10, Maccyn Samisoni 1.

3-point goals—Farrington 3 (Tatupu-Leopoldo 2, Maave), Aiea 4 (Tausaga 2, Tagudin, Fong).

Kailua 37, Moanalua 19
The Surfriders broke open a close game in the second half to handily defeat Na Menehune.

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Moanalua (5-11)293519

KAILUA—Jayna Hanawahine 4, Tawny Kiko 6, Sola Williams 8, Teuila Afele 0, Zsalei Kamaka 7, Ka'u Kohatsu 8, Alysha Franco 0, Anu Ahyun 4.

MOANALUA—Kristy Tamashiro 0, Brittany Calucag 0, Brianna Dacoscos 0, Kiley Lau 0, Joanna Nicolas 5, Meleane Smith 1, Jaidon Rego 0, Hoku Dela Cruz 7, A.J. Verdida 2, Roxy Ramas-Dias 4, Justine Aguas 0, Jasmine Young 0, Kelci Quinabo 0.

3-point goals—Kailua 1 (Kamaka), Moanalua none.


OIA White

No. 8 Kahuku 58, Kaimuki 55

The Red Raiders held on to win against the surging Bulldogs, thanks in part to eight three-pointers from five different players.

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Kahuku (13-1)141322958

KAIMUKI—Olivia Phommachanh 13, Pua Akaka 5, Tanya Villanueva 4, Dinishah Fa'asoa 3, Letishah Faasoa 5, Dejah Fa'asoa 6, Leti Mikaele 10, Ashley Fortson 2, Lani Mikaele 7.

KAHUKU—Nile Te'o 12, Vaimalama Tito 16, Temutisa Te'o 3, Maria Tonga 2, Lavania Latu 11, Jessica Falemalu 8, Uluakimata Tonga 0, Rachel Tailele 4, Hi'ilei Cummings 2, Vaunelle Hingano 0, Seiko Schwenke 0.

3-point goals—Kaimuki 3 (Phommachanh 2, L. Faasoa), Kahuku 8 (Te'o 2, Tito 2, Falemalu 2, T. Te'o, Latu).

Leilehua 43, Nanakuli 21
The Mules took advantage of a lackluster offensive showing from the Golden Hawks to advance in the OIA White playoffs.

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Leilehua (8-5)111310943

NANAKULI—Stephanie Kalili 0, Napualani Kelii 0, Camille Simon 0, Sena Foi 0, Violet Mau 11, Chelsea Eli-Kido 0, Nainiuolealelei Kakiva 7, Shashawn Kekahuma 3.

LEILEHUA—Chelsy Fontes 2, Patricia Lindo 9, Alaina Johnson 0, Starr Hayashida 1, Vanessa Bocobo 2, Kehau Rivera 2, Keke Moala 2, Michelle Fletcher 5, Mariyah Tamaalemalo 1, Brittney Taufui 1, Carline Wilson 0, Alondra Hooks 10, Ashley Gonzales 8.

3-point goals—Nanakuli none, Leilehua 4 (Lindo 3, Fletcher).


ILH Division I

No. 2 Punahou 46,

No. 7 Kamehameha 31

Janelle Nomura scored all of her 16 points in the first half as the Buffanblu coasted to the win over the Warriors.

Punahou (10-1)1681111 46
Kamehameha (5-7)8651231

PUNAHOU—Kaylin Okuma 1, Rebecca Lau 7, Julianne Nomura 0, Janet Li 0, Anna Merrifield 0, Brittnie Lau 0, Mysha Sataraka 9, Janelle Nomura 16, Ashley-Anne Feria 0, Jennifer Ching 0, Julia Brand 5, Kysa Ludviksen 4, Tressa Torres 4.

KAMEHAMEHA—Alexis Furtado 4, Dalian Krampert 2, Sanoe Keliinoi 1, Tia Perreira 0, Zianna Zablan 0, Lindsey Wong 3, Pomaikai Kalakau 2, Piikea Kalakau 0, Kellsie Crowell 9, Makana Borden 0, Kylle Roy 8, Noe Mikami 2 .

3-point goals—Punahou 2 (Lau, Ja. Nomura), Kamehameha none.

ILH Division II
Maryknoll 66, Saint Francis 47
Word of Life 54, La Pietra 34
Hawaii Baptist 57, Christian Academy 19
Punahou 52, Hanalani 40

Leading scorersMary: Kristen Canencia 17, Ashley Agcaoili 15. StF: Ululani Reyes 11, Jasmine Teal 10. WoL: Rayane Alvarado 25, Channelle Maldonado 11. LaP: Cody Koa 14, McKenzie Hoover 10. HBA: Narissa Fujii 26. Pun: Demi Suzuki 9. Han: Rachel Matalau 20.


ILH Division II

Hanalani 56, Lanakila Baptist 35

Leading scorersHan: P.J. Minaya 20. LBA: Chase Hazelwood.


OIA Red East boys

McKinley 55 , Kaiser 28

The Tigers outscored the Cougars in every quarter to cruise to their first conference victory.

Jordan Macalma led McKinley with 14 points.

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McKinley (1-10)811171955

KAISER—Jaymes Kawashima 0, Devin Wolfe 8, Jonathan Lau 2, Landan Tamanaha 7, Ryan Chong 0, Keola Hunt 6, Sani Taylor 2, Quinton Wong 0, Dan Hilton 0, Bryce Masaki 0, Ronson Hill 0, Todd Takanishi 3, Kainoa Pa 0.

MCKINLEY—Kaleo Ponce 3, Ricardo Siasoco 0, Duy Mai 0, Roland Albarado 0, Moku Spencer 9, Royce Kwon 0, Lesley Machiguchi 2, Millard Semitara 4, Jordan Macalma 14, Tana Woodard 9, Rio Kwon 7, Pryson Wallace 3, Wai Kalama 4.

3-point goals—Kaiser 2 (Wolfe, Takanishi), McKinley 4 (Ponce, Spencer, Kwon, Wallace).

Junior varsity—McKinley 47, Kaiser 42