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Pink Zone & Senior Night vs Hilo

Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2009 by Bobbie Awa
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Konawaena's Makayla Awa drives around a Hilo defender during the first half. Konawaena teams wore pink to promote breast cancer awareness and support the Kay Yow Foundation and the "Pink Zone." - Aaron N. Nagata | Special To West Hawaii Today
Pink's the charm
Wildcats defeat Hilo 58-24
by Chelsea Jensen
West Hawaii Today
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 8:39 AM HST
Sporting pink to promote breast cancer awareness, Konawaena's girls varsity basketball team defeated the Hilo Vikings 58-24 at Konawaena Monday evening in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I game.

All Konawaena varsity players participated in the Senior Night game, said head coach Bobbie Awa. In fact, every Konawaena varsity girl was on the court by halftime, she added.

"It was a good game, everybody got to play," she said. "It was fortunate to get every body in the game ... every girl works hard every day at practice, but unfortunately that always doesn't happen."

The Wildcats win came on a combined Senior Night and "Pink Zone" night. The "Pink Zone" is a program set up by the Women's Basketball Coaching Association to raise breast cancer awareness during the week of Feb. 13-22.

This was the first year the lady Wildcats have worn the pink uniforms, which the team had to special rush order, Awa said.

"They got a nice applause when they came out with their pink uniforms," she said.

All proceeds from a cancer awareness and donation table at the game will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

"The 'Pink Zone' was a success," Awa said. It was "a good last game for the seniors, for the crowd and for the 'Pink Zone.' (With it) being Senior Night, it was really special."

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During halftime, the Konawaena girls basketball team paid tribute to cancer survivors in commemoration of breast cancer awareness. Pictured from Left to right are players Lia Galdeira, Jessica Palu, cancer survivors Christine Izumi-Baltero, Joyce St. Arnault, and Christine O'Keefe, and player Kimberly Brown. - Aaron N. Nagata | Special To West Hawaii Today
Freshman forward Lia Galdiera scored 10 points to bring the Wildcats to a first place Division I 8-0 record. Freshman guards Dawnyelle Awa and Makayla Awa along with senior guard Kara Hanato Smith each chipped in eight points for Konawaena.

Hilo junior Kaycie Jyo scored 9 points for the Vikings (4-4) and junior Alyssa Patao tipped in eight.

In the JV game, Konawaena defeated Hilo 32-24.

Konawaena 15 13 20 10 -- 58

Hilo 2 6 12 4 -- 24

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