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Kahuku's Mereani Lewenilovo shot over Campbell's Jamie Kua as the Red Raiders won 58-36.

Moanalua advances in 2 OTs

By Marc Dixon

It took four quarters and two overtimes, but Moanalua avenged its regular-season loss to Oahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division top seed McKinley with a 61-54 girls basketball victory last night at McKinley Gym.

Riding a season-high 21-point effort from junior guard Christina Sierra and a 16-point performance from junior Patti Hardimon, the Menehunes survived the Tigers homecourt advantage and a raucous crowd to advance to Tuesday night's OIA tournament semifinals and a meeting with Kahuku.

The win also gave Moanalua a spot in the state tournament.

"We wanted this game a lot because we wanted a little revenge," Sierra said. "We also wanted to beat them at home, where they have the most confidence. We just wanted it more."

Despite only posting seven points on the evening, sophomore Sasha Silva was also key to the Menehunes victory.

With McKinley leading by a basket with 18 seconds left in the first overtime, Silva grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the putback to send the game into a second overtime.

In double OT, Silva again hit the offensive boards for a putback and also converted the free throw for a three-point play that gave Moanalua a 45-40 lead it would never surrender.

"The girls played awesome, a little bit shaky through the middle quarters but came through at the end," said Moanalua coach Roy Dias. "It's too bad one of us had to lose, too bad one of us doesn't go to the state tournament."

The Moanalua upset spoiled a solid second half effort by the Tigers' Amber Lee. Lee was held to five first half points but came alive in the second half and finished with 17 points.

Lee scored six points, blocked two shots and took a steal the length of the floor for a layup as the Tigers rallied from a 30-22 fourth quarter deficit to take a 31-30 lead with four minutes left.

However, Sierra answered with a drive from the left-wing and a sweeping layup to send the game into overtime.

Moanalua converted 17 of 22 free throws in the second overtime for the win.

At McKinley H.S. gym

Moanalua (9-3) 11 8 9 7 5 21 -- 61

McKinley (9-2) 2 15 5 13 5 14 -- 54

MOANALUA -- Christina Sierra 21, Jessie Kamakura 0, Sasha Silva 5, Patti Hardimon 16, Ashley Kaono 0, Marleen Leautu 5, Brittany Briem 1, Kepua Lee 13.

MCKINLEY -- Chantal Yadao 9, Rayna Isaki 9, Kristi Fukumoto 5, Meagan Miyasaka 2, Melody Ababa 0, Chyloh Rodrigues 4, Janine Corpuz 0, Amanda Leopoldo 0, Ceslie Maafala 8, Amber Lee 17.

3-point goals -- Moanalua 1 (Sierra). McKinley 4 (Yadao 2, Isaki 2).

Kahuku 58, Campbell 36: Four Red Raiders scored in double figures as Kahuku used superior depth to outlast the Sabers.

Michelle Peters used her aggressive style and athleticism to pace Kahuku with 13 points. Lesina Funaki, Kelci Naihe and Mereani Lewenilovo also hit for double digits.

"For our team we can go with anybody, we can go thirteen deep," said Kahuku coach Mona Ah-Hoy. "We just see who is going to step it up on any given night."

Kahuku used a full-court press and an aggressive matchup zone to force an uptempo pace on Campbell and confuse the Sabers' offense. No Saber scored more than seven points.

"All season we've been changing our lineup and I think tonight we found who jells," said Ah-Hoy. "This is the one."

At McKinley H.S. gym

Kahuku (9-3) 13 17 12 16 -- 58

Campbell (9-2) 7 7 12 10 -- 36

KAHUKU--Mereani Lewenilovo 10, Lesina Funaki 11 Krisha Kai 0, Karla Tailele 8, Nadia Mahe 0, Charlotte Leitupo 2, Michelle Peters 13, Jazzman Kaka 0, Tanya Alo 2, Nicole Po'uha 0, Renon Manumaleuna 0, Kelci Naihe 10, Alberta Letoa 2.

CAMPBELL--Joanne Corpuz 3, Jasmine Lopez 5, Venicia Morris 0, RJ Costa 0, Denise Alonzo 5, Jalen Garcia 7, Christina Meekins 0, Jamie Kua 6, Jacqueline Mendes 0, Jolani Bobbitt 0, Kim Edwards 1, Hoku Leiato 6, Chaunte Jackson 3, Denise McRae 0.

3-point goals -- Kahuku 1 (Taitele). Campbell 3 (Alonzo).

Kalaheo 65, Kaimuki 49: The Bulldogs couldn't contain the Mustangs' inside-outside combination of Latoya Wily and Bre Carson as Kalaheo eliminated Kaimuki.

Wily scored 25 points in the post and Carson hit four 3-pointers to lead the Mustangs. Dalia Solia led Kaimuki with 23 points.

At Pearl City H.S. gym

Kaimuki (6-6) 4 13 12 20 -- 49

Kalaheo (9-2) 15 16 13 21 -- 65

KAIMUKI -- Flora Mesa 2, Kara Hayashida 0, Jessica Arakawa 2, Catherine Martin 3, Dalia Solia 23, Chyenna Souza 10, Shella Sanders 7, Lovely Moyle 0, Kehaulani Molina-Gamponia 2, Alana Burges 0, Ching Man Ying 0.

KALAHEO -- Bre Carson 16, Shaina Siliga 6, Kalena Hatori 6, Shantel Marumoto 0, Brandi Benson 5, Natasha Lagapa 3, Dawnelle Nahinu 0, Brina Fritzche 4, Latoya Wily 25, Kalena Huihui 0, Hauoli Kahlbaum 0.

3-point goals -- Kaimuki 5 (Solia 3, Souza 2). Kalaheo 6 (Carson 4, Siliga 2).

Pearl City 50, Kalani 46: Christie Ayers scored six of her 14 points in the Chargers' 22-point third-quarter outburst as Pearl City held off the Falcons.

Kalani took a 27-22 lead at halftime, but Pearl City used its inside game to outscore the Falcons 22-7 in the third period.

Ashley Takata closed her high school career with a 21-point effort, while Jodi Segawa added 14.

Pearl City hosts Kalaheo in a semifinal game on Tuesday.

At Pearl City H.S. gym

Kalani (8-4) 16 11 7 12 -- 46

Pearl City (10-1) 17 5 22 6 -- 50

KALANI -- Tamari Miyashiro 4, Alisa Lum 0, Kristy Hirahara 0, Ashley Takata 21, Chenty Bonifacio 5, Lauren Cheng 0, Jodi Segawa 14, Jessica Cruciana 0, Karlie Saiki 0, Lee Ann Shimabukuro 0, Keri Hee 0, Kristie Saiki 0, Danielle Lindo 2.

PEARL CITY -- Darcie Hamamoto 0, Jillan Soria 11, Amy Fujihara 0, Joni Yoon 2, Christie Ayers 14, Chalice Kaapuni 4, Kellie Yuen 5, Jamie Iwata 3, Kristin Lai 0, Tatum Higdon 0, Frances Mabalay 0, Tina Questel 4, Marci Lobendahn 7, Lusia Kleinschmidt 0.

3-point goals -- Kalani 1 (Takata). Pearl City 4 (Soria 2, Iwata, Yuen).

OIA varsity girls basketball championship

At Kahuku H.S. gym
Moanalua 51, Radford 39
Kahuku 51, Waianae 23
At Leilehua H.S. gym
Kalani 44, Aiea 26
Kaimuki 47, Leilehua 37

At McKinley H.S. gym
Kahuku 58, Campbell 36
Moanalua 61, McKinley 54 (2 OT)
At Pearl City H.S. gym
Kalaheo 65, Kaimuki 49
Pearl City 50, Kalani 46

Tuesday, May 7

Kalaheo at Pearl City, 6:30 p.m.
Moanalua at Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10
At Stan Sheriff Center
Third-place game, 5 p.m.
Championship game, 7 p.m.

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