Star-Bulletin Sports

Wednesday, May 16, 2001


Kalaheo's Nikki Furtado went to the hoop against
Leilehua's Nachelle Scott in last night's game.
Kalaheo won, 69-43.

Mustangs, Na Alii to
meet in OIA final

By Grace Wen

The Kalaheo High School girls basketball team had made it to the state tournament the past four years.

Now it's five.

The Mustangs secured a berth last night, defeating Leilehua, 69-43, in the Oahu Interscholastic Association semifinal game at Kalaheo.

The Mustangs (12-0) defend their league title tonight, taking on Aiea (11-0) in the championship game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

In the third-place game, which determines the final OIA berth in the state tournament, Leilehua faces Roosevelt at 6 p.m.

"It's never easy," Kalaheo coach Chico Furtado said. "You look at the score at the end and it looked like it should have been easy. ... We had to work hard to get what we got."

Kalaheo's vaunted outside game never really materialized, but the Mustangs used their height advantage to take charge in the paint.

Brandy Richardson scored 23 points and fought aggressively for rebounds. Heather Gonsalves added 11 points and Brandi Benson scored nine points off the bench.

Though Kalaheo led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Mules made the Mustangs work for their points.

"They were aggressive," Richardson said. "They had a half-court trap that gave us problems. ... They came out hard against us and we had to hold our composure."

The Mustangs opened the second quarter with an 11-4 run, then went on to open the second half with 23 points in the third quarter, effectively ending any hopes the Mules might have had for a comeback.

"We just didn't hit our shots," Leilehua coach Buz Vasper said. "And of course Brandy was her normal herself tonight."

At Kalaheo H.S. gym

Leilehua 7101214--43

Leilehua: Liz Bantolina 0, Nachelle Scott 2, Karley Peterson 7, Melody Hanson 6, Pikake Nutter-Gaudet 9, Marias Quidez 0, Heather Neving-McDonald 0, JoBeth Calbick 0, Precious Hall 2, Liz Nelischell 0, Malia Chun-Llano 1, Charlotte Garcia 10, Heidi Garcia 4, Sarah Smith 0, Inez Tauvela 2.
Kalaheo: Bre Carson 5, Stacey Wright 2, Kalena Hatori 6, Brandy Richardson 23, Brandi Benson 9, Natasha Lagapa 5, Dawnelle Nahinu 2, Heather Gonsalves 11, Nikki Furtado 2, Kira Withy-Allen 0, Brina Fritzsche 4.
3-point goals--Leilehua: 1 (Garcia), Kalaheo: 2 (Carson, Lagapa).
JV--Kaimuki 56, Pearl City 41

Aiea 55, Roosevelt 44: Aritta Lane hit for 10 of her game-high 29 points in the final quarter as Na Alii overcame a 26-22 halftime deficit.

At Aiea H.S. gym

Aiea 9131617--55

Roosevelt: Ashlie Dutro 9, Kahea Rodriguez 4, Lehua Lembeck 5, Burgundy Borges 8, Megan Fong 6, Jodi Nakashima 10, Sherri Kahooilihala 2.
Aiea: Jasmine Dias 4, Karina Koda 0, Joelle Sugai 0, Tiffany Seki 0, Kylee Nakamura 6, Noelani Colburn 3, Rubi Carillo 2, Aritta Lane 29, Minuette Kauiwailani 0, Keesha Aldridge 11.
3-point goals--Roosevelt: 7 (Fong 2, Nakashima 2, Borges, Dutro, Lembeck), Aiea 1 (Nakamura).
JV--Farrington 45, Mililani 26

KIF championship

Waimea 60, Kauai 48: Melody and Robyn Manuel exploded for 19 third quarter points to lead the Menehune to the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship.


Waimea: Taryn Dizon 3, Stacy Battulayan 0, Charise Ponce 3, Ashley Hori 9, Jaime Koerte 0, Melissa Bartlett 2, Jodi Kimura 0, Kellie Montemayor 0, Melody Manuel 15, Virginia Aguilar 0, Bridget Louis 0, Robyn Manuel 23, Erin Castillo 5.
Kauai: LeeAnne Cox 3, Tania Racelo 0, Cissy Dennis 10, Marissa Bonilla 0, Belinda Butac 20, Krystalyn Kashiwabara 0, Erin Garlie 0, Sarah Sakimae 2, Kehau Regidor 5, Elisa Inouye 6, Holly Iloreta 0, Rona Nishikawa 0, Misty Hug 2.
3-point goals--Waimea: 3 (M. Manuel 2, R. Manuel 1); Kauai: 6 (Dennis 2, Butac 3, Regidor 1).

BIIF championship

Honokaa 67, Konawaena 50

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