2016 HHSAA Championships, 3

Below is the reverse chronological order summary of games for Day 3:

Friday, Semi-Finals

Game 14 Semi-2, KS-Kapalama 5-2 versus #2 Kahuku

This defensive struggle was definitely a highlight of the tournament, with both teams playing their hearts out in an attempt to secure a berth in the State Finals. In the first half, the teams were each trying to get the upper hand, with neither giving more than an inch or two — with opportunities few and far between — but those small inches seemed to be going Kamehameha School’s way as each of Kahuku’s finishing touches missed their marks. Midway through the third quarter, in fact, it was a meager 1-point lead.

Enter Junior 2-Meter Player #17 Kaylen Nitahara, who, late in the third quarter, had a breakout moment. First, her assist to La’akea Dedrick  inspired the crowd… Next, after a quick turnover, it was followed by the player-advantage-goal that she rifled into the net for an almost insurmountable 4-1 lead.

According to Nitahara, “We’re a second half team. By then we have adjusted to the refs and the other team. We reminded ourselves of that. If they get a score, we know we’ll get it right back. And then our defense will take over.”

And it did. Senior Jordan Ehara, Goalkeeper, had eleven saves, five on Kahuku extra-player advantages, two on off-speed lobs, and one on a stellar 1-v-1 block against star Red Raider India Pyzel.

“I get fired up. No way I’m gonna let my Team down. I know they all count on me. So I don’t let down,” commented Ehara, post-game.  Excellent Team defense indeed.

  • KS-Kap 1-1-2-1 = 5
  • Kahuku 1-0-0-1 = 2
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Game 13, Semi-1, #1 Punahou 17-2 over Roosevelt

Punahou’s starting seven,  Natasha Dunn, Micaela Kauhane, Marissa Anne Miller, Saki Migliorato, Malia Gacutan and Danielle Kauahi and GK Emalia Eichelberger (GK), dominated their second opponent in as many days. Although Eichelberger was only threatened three times, she still came away with three clean saves. On the scoring half of the ledger, all starters scored, leading with Miller, 5, Dunn and Migliorato, 3 each,  Gacutan, Kauhane, and finishing off with spares Robbie Bickerton and Danielle Kaya, 1 each. Scoring was set up with steals by Dunn and Eichelberger, 2 each, Bickerton, Lee and Migliorato, 1 each, as well as quicktime assists from Dunn, 3, Eichelberger, Kauahi and Miller, 1 each. (b~note: Eichelberger had 4-5 ‘on-the-money’ passes to teammates on lead break, one of which, to Migliorato, ended in a score, with 2 others leading to assists.)

“We practice fundamentals. Our game plan is to stick with those fundamentals.  We’re coached to keep balanced no matter who’s in. For this game, after the first quarter, we kept with two starters along with rotating in everyone for the next three quarters in order to stay/keep consistent,” #8 Marissa Anne Miller, Junior Attacker, who started with an assist to #3 Senior Dunn to open the scoring. After that, total balance. Total domination.

  • Punahou   6-3-4-4 = 17
  • Roosevelt 0-0-1-1 =   2

Game 12, #4 Lahainaluna 10-7 against Kaiser

Even though Kaiser’s Senior Co-Capt Ana Alumbaugh finished with 4 goals and 3 steals, it still wasn’t enough to overcome the ‘Lunas’ Senior Co-Capt Lalelei Mataafa’s 7 goals and a steal along with the great game of the other Senior Co-Capt Haleigh Berko, 4 steals, Junior Julia Bianco, 7 steals 3 assists 2 field blocks, and Junior Alicia Wintermeyer, 3 goals 1 assist 1 steal.

  • Kaiser          2-3-2-0 =  7
  • Lahainaluna 4-2-4-0 = 10

Game 11, #3 KS-Hawaii defeated Baldwin, 10-8

Kamehameha School Senior Katelynn Kubo led all scorers with 5 goals 2 assists 3 steals, when coupled with Senior Alyssa Pelanca, 2 goals 1 assist, came back from a 3-6 halftime deficit to outscore Baldwin 7-2 in the second half, despite the Baldwin efforts from Senior Kendra Bean, 4 goals 2 assists, and Sophomore Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore, 3 goals 4 sprints won.

  • KS-Hawaii 1-2-3-3 = 10
  • Baldwin     3-3-0-2 =   8

Game 10, Consolation, Kalani 10-3 over Kapolei

Even though Kapolei could muster up a stong showing from Juniors Annika Slattery, 2 goals, and Mailani Wendt, 6 steals 1 assist, Kalani was stronger with Senior Tri-Captains Lisa Namatame, 6 goals, Erika Kim, 2 goals 2 assists, Allisa Takahashi, 2 draws 1 assist, and Junior Charity Lopes, 1 goal 2 assists. Kalani Goalkeeper Mika O’Shea was the ‘hottest of the day’ up to that point with 12 saves 2 steals.

  • Kapolei 0-1-2-0 =   3
  • Kalani   2-2-2-4 = 10

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