Leilehua's Marquesha McVea fought to maintain possession of a rebound yesterday.

Mules topple Trojans

In the midst of a struggle against an arch rival, the Lady Mules of Leilehua turned to that old virtue: patience.

Brittaney Stafford scored 11 points, and a superior wall of defense under the glass led Leilehua over Mililani 41-33 last night at the Mules' gym.

Leilehua improved to 5-3 in Oahu Interscholastic Association West Division play. Elroy Dumlao's squad used a mix of halfcourt man-to-man and soft three-quarter pressure early, but an aggressive 2-3 zone was most effective.

Missing two key starters, Mililani dropped to 2-7.

The Lady Trojans were right there with Leilehua all the way. They rallied from a 6-0 deficit to take a 10-6 lead once Christina Korodan entered the game.

Fullcourt pressure led to a plethora of turnovers, but the teams were tied at 21 by halftime.

The game remained tied until Isis Atualevao hit a 15-footer from the left wing to give Leilehua the lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

"We were rushing our shots," Stafford said. "Coach said we just gotta be patient and take care of the rock."

Mililani regained the lead, 25-24, after Korodan sank an 18-footer from the right corner to start the fourth quarter. The Lady Trojans' lead lasted little more than a minute, though.

Leilehua's Charlene Borromeo drove around Mililani's Joleen Realin yesterday. Borromeo scored five points.

Ui Forgione hustled for an offensive board and putback to give Leilehua the lead for good, 26-25, with 5:46 to play. Stafford drained a 3-pointer from the top and Charlene Borromeo drove through the middle for a layup as Leilehua opened a six-point lead.

After Marquesha McVea hustled for a layup with 3:06 left, Leilehua had its biggest lead thus far, 33-26. Mililani got no closer than five the rest of the way.

McVea, a 6-foot center, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Atualevao also anchored the key, hustling for nine points and eight rebounds.

Leilehua outrebounded the smaller Lady Trojans 32-21. Fifteen of Leilehua's caroms came on the offensive glass, offsetting 31 percent shooting from the field and 52 percent accuracy at the line (14 of 27).

Korodan led Mililani with 17 points. She shot 4-for-20 from the field, but hit eight of her 12 free-throw attempts. Mililani shot 23 percent from the field and finished with 21 turnovers.

Starters Lori Nonies (muscle strain) and Yvonne Morris (knee) have missed several games, leaving a scoring void on the low post for Mililani. Things got tougher for Mililani after starting forward Ashleigh Payne suffered a cut over her right eye and left the game midway through the third quarter.

"We made too many mistakes," Mililani coach Scott DeSilva said. "We were aggressive getting rebounds and loose balls in the first half, but in the second half, (Leilehua) got everything."

Leilehua outrebounded Mililani 17-8 after intermission.

At Leilehua H.S. gym
Mililani (2-7) 8 13 2 10 -- 33
Leilehua (5-3) 12 9 3 17 -- 41

MILILANI--Kimberly Ebina 0, Kelsie Woodward 2, Allyson Ochoa 0, Christina Korodan 17, Rayna Downey 0, Crystal Ah Sam 0, Ashleigh Payne 0, Ashley Anthony 4, Joleen Realin 6, Chelcey Pang 4, Diamond Badajos 0.
LEILEHUA--Mahela Punley 4, Ui Forgione 6, Charlene Borromeo 5, Trisha Reitz 0, Brittaney Stafford 11, Isis Atualevao 9, Marquesha McVea 6, Joray Nacapuy 0.
3-point goals -- Mililani 1 (Korodan), Leilehua 1 (Stafford).
Junior varsity -- Mililani 45, Leilehua 36

Division II varsity girls
Saint Francis 46, Iolani 35
Kamehameha 42, Hanalani 27
Saint Andrew's 56, University 36
Punahou 70, Word of Life 34
High scorers--StF: Jennifer Perry 15, Danielle Tanaka 11, Siutiti Takai 10. Iol: Kari Oki 14. Kam: Shannon Spencer 10, Casey Perreira 10. StA: Holly Saito 22, Caasi Nakasone 21. UHS: Rachel Pacarro 11. Pun: Yuree Nam 14, Arielle Daniels 10. WOL: Krystal DeBorja 10.

Girls Basketball Standings

OIA East Division I

Kahuku 8 0
Kalaheo 7 1
Kaiser 4 3
Roosevelt 3 4
Farrington 3 5
McKinley 1 7
Moanalua 1 7

OIA West Division I

Radford 8 0
Kapolei 7 1
Leilehua 5 3
Pearl City 4 4
Mililani 2 7
Nanakuli 1 6
Campbell 1 7

OIA Division II

Castle 9 1
Kalani 8 2
Kaimuki 7 2
Aiea 7 3
Kailua 5 5
Waialua 4 5
Waianae 2 7
Waipahu 1 9
Thompson 0 9

OIA East Division I
Roosevelt 37, McKinley 21
Kalaheo 66, Farrington 40
Kahuku 67, Moanalua 33
OIA Division II
Kaimuki 52, Kalani 36
Aiea 35, Kailua 33
Castle 48, Thompson 7
Waialua 45, Waipahu 25

OIA West Division I
Leilehua 41, Mililani 33

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