Roosevelt fends off Moanalua


POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2010

The stars were aligned for a surprise, but the Roosevelt Rough Riders weren't interested in drama.

Eighth-ranked Roosevelt relied on defense, collecting 19 steals to rally past Moanalua 44-32 last night at the Rough Riders' gym.

Roosevelt improved to 9-1 in Oahu Interscholastic Association play (12-3 overall) despite playing without sharpshooter Nicole Ramirez (ankle).

“;She's a big part of our team, but we have girls who can come off the bench and contribute, and that showed tonight,”; Roosevelt coach Hinano Higa said. “;We had a lot of energy, excitement and intensity.”;

Moanalua dropped to 5-5 in league play (8-8 overall) despite limiting Roosevelt's season-long leading scorer, Mikela Thoemmes, to no points on four shot attempts in the first half.

Thoemmes finished with 10 points and hauled in 15 rebounds. Senior guard Kelcie Namba led Roosevelt with 14 points and sophomore Shana Kawakami had 11 points, mostly on tough drives.

Sophomore Jasmine Funtanilla led Moanalua with seven points. Joanna Nicolas had six points and eight boards, Meleane Smith tallied six points and six rebounds, and A.J. Verdida scored six points.

Na Menehune double- and triple- teamed Thoemmes from the start, crowding the high post while offering Roosevelt open shots from the arc. The home team missed all six 3-point tries in the opening quarter, but led 6-5 entering the second.

After a layup by Smith, Moanalua led 7-6 early in the second quarter, the last time the visitors had a lead.

Namba swished back-to-back rainbow 3-pointers from the wing to spark a 20-2 Rough Riders run. Roosevelt led 16-9 at intermission and opened the lead to 26-9 midway through the third quarter.

“;When we hit from the outside, that opened up the post,”; Higa said.

Thoemmes turned two steals into coast-to-coast layups and had eight points in the third.

Na Menehune chipped away and got within 34-26 after a baseline jumper by Verdida and a pair of foul shots by Nicolas with 5:04 left. Moanalua got no closer.

Roosevelt shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:15 to ice the game.

Moanalua fared better this time than it did three weeks ago in a 58-31 loss to Roosevelt. Thoemmes scored a season-high 35 points in that battle.

“;It was all man (defense). We just wanted to make it difficult for her,”; Moanalua coach Kristie Morikawa said, crediting post defenders like Jaidon Rego, Funtanilla and Verdida. “;After that last game, I challenged them to stop her. At the half, I was super proud of them.”;

Morikawa liked her backcourt's offensive aggression in the final quarter.

“;I wish they would always play like that. In the beginning, our guards didn't run the offense. It's called the 'Twilight Zone.' They're young and it didn't click until the end. That's been our MO sometimes.”;

Moanalua shot 28 percent from the field (12-for-43) and missed all six shots from the arc.

Roosevelt was 34 percent from the field (16-for-47) and lost the battle on the boards 32-27. The Rough Riders host OIA Red East leader Farrington on Saturday.


At Roosevelt gym

Moanalua (5-5)54111232
Roosevelt (9-1)610181044

MOANALUA —Britney Calucag 0, Kristy Tamashiro 0, Kiley Lau 2, Joanna Nicolas 6, Jasmine Funtanilla 7, Meleane Smith 6, Jaidon Rego 3, A.J. Verdida 6, Shantaeus Ramos-Dias 2, Kelci Quinabo 0, Jasmine Young-Gusman 0.
ROOSEVELT —Breyana Dutro 4, Kelcie Namba 14, Charisse Tanabe 2, Shana Kawakami 11, Abcde Furuta-Harada 3, Rachel Gomes 0, Mikela Thoemmes 10, Emalia Schuman 0, Cameo Tamala 0, Anuhea Kanealii 0.
3-point goals—Moanalua none, Roosevelt 4 (Namba 3, Kawakami).
Junior varsity—Moanalua 35, Roosevelt 32



No. 5 Farrington 82, Kailua 47

The Surfriders got off to a slow start, scoring only four points in the first quarter and never recovered against the undefeated Governors.

Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo led Farrington with 17 points.

Jayna Hanawahine scored 13 for Kailua in the loss.


At Farrington gym

Kailua (1-9)413181247
Farrington (9-0)1519212782

KAILUA —Anolani Ramos 2, Toni Damo-Agcaoili 5, Malia Pearson 2, Jayna Hanawahine 13, Johnna Pedro 6, Teuila Afele 12, Mapuana Taamu 0, Taylor Souza 5, Alysha Franco 0, Tehani Umiamaka 2.
FARRINGTON—Cristen Hoohuli 3, Ashley Gravely 2, Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 17, Lucky Crichton 7, Angeline Argel 12, Dianna Prescott 12, Cristen Liana 8, Aisha Gaea 6, Sofia Folaumahina 6, Chelsea Wong 2, Isaley Iuta 6, Sally Lazaro 1.
3-point goals—Kailua 2 (Hanawahine 2). Farrington 4 (Argel 2, Tatupu-Leopoldo, Crichton).

Junior varsity—Farrington 69, Kailua 25


Castle 49, McKinley 45

Nicole Aberilla scored 14 points as the Knights edged the Tigers.

Brittany Hawn hit three 3-pointers and Aberilla went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line to help Castle clinch the win in the fourth quarter.


At McKinley gym

Castle (6-4)1110111749
McKinley (2-7)109111545

CASTLE —Brandee Sasaki 0, Kailee Awa 6, Brittany Hawn 10, Sierra Iona 0, Amber Umeda 0, Leisha Liilii 7, Maile Barros 0, Kaisha Dacosin 0, Joshell Lilio 11, Nicole Aberilla 14, Brooke-Lee Kaluaau 1.
MCKINLEY—Jackie Tihano 0, Miranda Schmillen 0, Kylie Sato 13, Jourdan Mills 2, Katey Ezra 6, Meghan Ofagalilo 0, Hannah Yoo 10, Gracie Saletoi 0, Lenna Morita 0, Mele Kuma 14.
3-point goals—Castle 6 (Hawn 3, Awa 2, Aberilla). McKinley 2 (Ezra 2).
Junior varsity—Castle 41, McKinley 33



Radford 44, Waianae 35

Marissa Starros scored all 13 of her points—including three 3-pointers—in the second half to lead the Rams to their first win.


At Radford gym

Waianae (3-7)6891235
Radford (1-9)68121844

WAIANAE —Alesa Ramaila 2, Emma Atiga 3, Maili Enos-Branigan 6, Lacy Manuel 3, Beverly Madrid 8, Brittany Perry 4, Shaina Pogia 8, Tiara Tagaloa 1.
RADFORD—Faith Calimlim 0, Imani Windush 7, Alana Gionet 6, E'lexues Evans 1, Lily Sevao 2, Tyler Whitener 0, Pierra Dewitt 5, Rachel Kapesi 6, Marissa Starros 13, Tania Muna 0, Samantha Poe 2, Chelsea Dingoe 2, Sanoe Tuitele 0.
3-point goals—Waianae none. Radford 3 (Starros 3).
Junior varsity—Radford def. Waianae (score not reported)


Mililani 49, Aiea 22

Kellie Sakai scored eight points to lead a balanced attack for the Trojans.

Sakai, Pomai Grube-Hose and Courtney Senas all had four points in the first quarter to stake Mililani to a big lead.

Ashlei Liilii and Kaala Leopoldo led Aiea with six points each.


At Mililani gym

Aiea (3-7)269522
Mililani (9-1)17177849

AIEA—Ashlei Liilii 6, Celeste Fong 2, Maccyn Samisoni 0, Kaala Leopoldo 6, Amithysse Moore 2, Mele Samisoni 2, Temukisa Lautalo 0, Kaui Kuehu 2, Tiara Fetui 0, Kori Nishi 2.
MILILANI —Kellie Sakai 8, Moriah Blackmon 2, Tiff Lagua 3, Sam Yuki 3, Nikki Craig 2, Amber Ogata 6, Cory Ramos 0, Abi McKoy 4, Courtney Senas 6, Kawehi Pilakowski 0, Amberlee Maluenda 0, Khyla Alcantra 4, Pomai Grube-Hose 6, Jacque Agbayani 5.
3-point goals—Aiea none. Mililani 5 (Ogata 2, Lagua, Agbayani, Yuki).
Junior varsity—Mililani 38, Aiea 27


Kapolei 48, Campbell 30

Leilani Tauani-Fifita and Kaity Wills scored 11 points each as the Hurricanes defeated the Sabers.

Jaysha Delizo led Campbell with nine points.


At Campbell gym

Kapolei (8-3)101481648
Campbell (3-8)8081430

KAPOLEI —Krystal Jacobs 4, Danniel Tapat 3, Kaity Wills 11, Rhilee Soriano 0, Diamond Carter 10, Kawehi Hagi 9, Leilani Tauani-Fifita 11.
CAMPBELL —Liza Bantolina 2, Jaysha Delizo 9, Chantay Samante 6, Maryilyn Soa 1, CJ Valeriano 0, Tiana Galeon 8, Koa Dias-Kekahuna 4, Dee Leafa 0.
3-point goals—Kapolei 1 (Tapat). Campbell none.
Junior varsity—Kapolei 48, Campbell 28



Kaiser 63, Nanakuli 37

With only five players, the Golden Hawks came out strong and led the Cougars at halftime 30-22.

Nanakuli cooled off, scoring only seven points in the second half.

Mele Adams scored 16 to lead Kaiser in the win.


At Kaiser gym

Nanakuli (0-8)16142537
Kaiser (3-6)1210202163

NANAKULI —Kirste Rosa 13, Queen Ema Sale 6, Stephanie Kalili 5, Maresena Foi 6, Noel Fernandez 7.
KAISER —Micaela Bitanga 4, Kristi Arellano 6, Kiani Kaahaaina 10, Kiana Nakai 8, Krysta Yasui 4, Mele Adams 16, Daryne Vorderbruegge 9, Shelby Pa 6.
3-point goals—Nanakuli 1 (Kalili, Fernandez). Kaiser 3 (Arellano 2, Vorderbruegge).
Junior varsity—Kaiser 50, Nanakuli 17


Kahuku 67, Waipahu 20

The Red Raiders' defense held the Marauders to less than 10 points all four quarters in their win.

Alysha Cummings scored 17 points and Mata Tonga added 12 to lead Kahuku.


At Waipahu gym

Kahuku (7-1) 922181867
Waipahu (4-4) 417820

KAHUKU —Fia Tailele-Latu , Kawelina Gilman 3, Alysha Cummings 17, Malia Tonga 5, Rachel Tailele 2, Mata Tonga 12, Natallia Cravens 9, Joshlyn Noga 16, Uhi Naeole 3.
WAIPAHU—Jenie Savedra 1, Trisha Malala 6, Jessica Lozano 4, Ana Batan 0, Genivee Valasco 4, Tammy Viliamau 1, Kaiulani Abasial 0, Dara Aiwohi-Dutro 0, Zyer Vailuu 0, Catrina Masaniai 4.
3-point goals—Kahuku 3 (Cummings 2, Ma. Tonga). Waipahu 1 (Lozano).
Junior varsity—Kahuku 65, Waipahu 23


Kalaheo 58, Waialua 25

No details reported.



No. 1 Punahou 62, Maryknoll 18

Henry Cassiday scored a game-high 15 points as the top-ranked Buffanblu overwhelmed the visiting Spartans.


At Punahou gym

Maryknoll (1-2)722718
Punahou (3-0)228191362

MARYKNOLL —Masashi Uematsu 0, Jacob Mayer 7, Trevor Ventura 3, Nua Iuvale 4, Chad Sumulong 2, Isaiah Dowdell 0, Andrew Wu 0, Hirokazu Sasaki 2, Jordan Tomas 0, Kekia'i Cashman-Fernandez 0, Kekoa Welsh 0.
PUNAHOU—Taylor Crabb 8, Patrick O'Neil 2, Kevin Mukai 4, Henry Cassiday 15, Bryan Matsukawa 7, Sean McFadden 2, Noah Hammond 0, Matt Feldman 4, James Dowsett 2, Dylan Hudson 0, J.K. Duncan 2, Malik Johnson 6, K.T. Tuumalo 4, DeForest Buckner 6.
3-point goals—Maryknoll 1 (Ventura). Punahou 3 (Crabb, Matsukawa, Cassiday).

ILH Boys Division II
Hawaii Baptist 72, Saint Louis 57
Maryknoll 36, Word of Life 33
University 40, Island Pacific Academy 38
Leading scorers—HBA: Jun Fritz 21. StL: Ross Nogami 12. WOL: Ben Sinia 19. Mryk: Devan Uyeda 11. ULS: Isaiah Delaura 11. IPA: Malik Veazie 11
Girls Division II
Lutheran 39, St. Andrew's 35
Leading scorersLHS: Kaleihiwa Ah New 14. StA: Diana Cabral 9, Haley Dixon 9, Kerri Inoshita 9.