Unseeded 'Iolani into semifinal


POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Freshman Alex Masaquel saved her best performance of the year for the state tourney.

The 5-foot-10 post scored six of her game-high 20 points in overtime, including a go-ahead follow shot in traffic with 59 seconds left, as the Raiders advanced to the Division I semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines /HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships.

“;I was surprised,”; Masaquel said of her success in the paint. “;We played them in preseason and lost. They're tough.”;

It was Farrington that eliminated 'Iolani 68-51 in last year's quarterfinal round. This time, 'Iolani advanced and will face top-seeded Konawaena tonight at Blaisdell Arena.

Their freshman post, Masaquel, was clutch. Her putback gave unseeded 'Iolani a 59-58 lead. On the next trip down the floor, Farrington's Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo and Kirsten Liana missed point-blank layups from the right side, and 'Iolani came down with the rebound.

Tatupu-Leopoldo committed her fifth foul, sending Lori Yamashita to the foul line. Yamashita hit both shots to give the Raiders a 61-58 lead with 23 seconds left.

Farrington's next possession, though, ended with a turnover when Liana dribbled upcourt and stepped on the baseline.

Lahela Usui then made two free throws with 9 seconds to go for the final margin of victory.

It was an inspiring win by the Raiders, who had two players (Kylie Maeda and Usui) playing despite knee injuries. Maeda suffered an ACL tear early in preseason, but returned for the state tourney. Usui suffered a partial MCL tear late in the regular season.

“;It's one of those things when time would tell,”; 'Iolani coach Eddie Maruyama said. “;You hope for them so they can come back.”;


At McKinley gym

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'IOLANI — Saphyre Rezentes 0, Kryn Masutani 0, Kylie Rae Maeda 7, Lori Yamashita 4, Georgette Lopes-Liutolo 5, Kaitlyn Shikada 0, Mahina Haina 0, Lahela Usui 16, Shauni Watanabe 7, Alyssa Liilii 0, Alex Masaquel 20, Taimane Passi 4.
FARRINGTON — Ashley Gravely 4, Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 18, Lucky Crichton 0, Angeline Argel 0, Dianna Prescott 11, Kirsten Liana 15, Aisha Gaea 4, Janell Nance 1, Alanna Ah Ching 0, Chastity Scanlan-Sevao 5, Ashley Savusa 0.
3-point goals — 'Iolani 3 (Maeda 2, Lopes-Liutolo). Farrington 3 (Tatupu-Leopoldo 2, Gravely).

No. 3 Punahou 55,

No. 5 Waiakea 50

The third-seeded Buffanblu held on for a thrilling five-point victory against the Warriors, the BIIF runners-up.

Punahou was led by Janet Li's 10 points as the Buffanblu advanced into semifinal action, where they will take on the undefeated Lahainaluna Lunas.

Waiakea had a chance to cut the lead to a single point with under a minute to go, but a layup in the paint wouldn't fall and Punahou hit their free throws to preserve the victory.

Sefulu Faavae led all scorers with 11 points as the Warriors dropped into a fifth-place semifinal against Roosevelt.


At Radford gym

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WAIAKEA — Melise Nekoba 0, Jamielynn Moe 9, Sefulu Faavae 11, Kamie Imai 10, Ciera Pacheco 9, Tricia Amuimuia 0, Alyssa Ferreira 9, Daven-Marie Namohala-Roloos 2.
PUNAHOU — Kaylin Okuma 9, Knaliyah Thompson 6, Janet Li 10, Turner Wong 2, Brittnie Lau 2, Mysha Sataraka 9, Julia Brand 4, Ashley-Anne Feria , Jenny Ching 3, Kysa Ludvikson 2, Hailey Maeda 8, Michelle Parke 0.
3-point goals — Waiakea 2 (Ferreira, Moe). Punahou 3 (Okuma 3).



Kapaa 64, Sacred Hearts 49

The Warriors, playing their second game in a row, didn't show any letdown from a close game with University last night as they upset the previously unbeaten and third-seeded Lancers.


At Farrington gym

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KAPAA — Ashlyn Lee 16, Jodi Das 0, Kira Nakamura 7, Victoria Tuttle 6, Leinaala McCabe 4, Reggie McCabe 0, Mahea Hanie-Grace 10, Lahela Creamer 2, Shalyn Tupou 1, Layna Christian 9, Jessilyn Artaho-Aki 9, Raquelle Matayoshi 0.
SACRED HEARTS — Kara Vause 2, Rayna Munos 13, Lynsey Overstreet 0, Vanessa Freitas 8, Anjela Kim 3, Sara Souza 4, Hunter Wilson-Pena 0, Basha-Lei Almadova 10, Tess O'Connor 0, Naihe Paikai 9.
3-point goals — Kapaa none. Sacred Hearts 3 (Munos 2, Almadova).

Kahuku 67, Kamehameha-Hawaii 49

After losing two heartbreaking games against Kaimuki in the OIA White playoffs a week ago, the Red Raiders ran past the fourth-seeded Warriors in quarterfinal play.


At Kalani gym


KAHUKU — Fia Tailele-Latu 0, Kawelina Gilman 0, Alysha Cummings 9, Malia Tonga 0, Jessica Falemalu 16, Tisa Te'o 2, Rachel Tailele 4, Mata Tonga 2, Natallia Cravens 2, Leina Faleolo 14, Joshlyn Noga 14, Uhi Naeole 4, Amanda Tonga 0.
KAMEHAMEHA — Chelsea Poe 9, Shanley Apele 3, Kim Palea 9, Bobbi Montibon 6, Katelynne Paleka-Kennedy 20, Namele Naipo-Arsiga 1, Keana Kaohimaunu 0, Shaylyn Kahawai 0, Ka'ina Mossman, 0.
3-point goals — Kahuku 4 (Falemalu 3, Cummings). Kamehameha Hawaii 2 (Montibon 2).