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BIIF Championship vs Waiakea

Posted Monday, February 16, 2009 by Bobbie Awa
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Konawaena freshman Lia Galdeira flies toward the basket against the defense of Waiakea's Tricia Amuimuia (30) and Amanda Hubbell in the second quarter of the Wildcats' 66-25 win. - Bill Adams | Special To West Hawaii Today
Konawaena Runs Over Waiakea
by Steven Offenbaker
Special To West Hawaii Today

Sunday, February 15, 2009 7:10 AM HST
Freshman Lia Galdeira poured in 20 points as Konawaena blew past Waiakea 66-25 to cap a perfect season and win the Big island Interscholastic Federation Division I girls basketball championship Saturday at Hawaii Prep.

The Wildcats (12-0) earned the BIIF's No. 1 seed in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I Girls Basketball State Championships, which take place Feb. 24-28 on Oahu. The Warriors are the league's No. 2 seed in the state tournament.

On Saturday, Konawaena opened strong, running the floor and using its press to completely take the Warriors (8-4) out of their game.

Galdeira scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half to give Konawaena a 35-15 advantage as they headed into the halftime break.

The Warriors tried to run with the Wildcats but were shorthanded and just unable to keep up.

"We lost two of our key players tonight for disciplinary reasons," Waiakea coach Grant Kauhi said. "That's not to take anything away from Konawaena. "They are one of the best teams in the state, and they dominated the game tonight."

The Wildcat defense continued to apply pressure in the second half. Galdeira led a Konawaena defense that that only gave up 10 points in the entire second half.

Offensively, Galdeira added eight points in the third quarter, and the Wildcats ensured the game was well in hand.

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Kanisha Bello, right, led Waiakea with 12 points Saturday in the Warriors' 66-25 loss. - Bill Adams | Special To West Hawaii Today
For Waiakea, senior Kanisha Bello scored six of her team-high 12 points in the third quarter.

"I think we played well tonight," Galdeira said. "Now we have to get ready for states. No week off for us -- keep working, keep running, don't be late. I'm very excited to be headed to Oahu."

For Konawaena head coach Bobby Awa, her team is in good shape and ready for the trip to Honolulu, and she thinks the week off before the next game will do her team good.

"We have three girls that are fighting colds right now," she said. "We'll use this time to get healthy. We are also going to bring in the boys team a few times next week to get us ready for the Oahu competition."

Both players and coaches know that at this stage of the season, it's better to work on what you know instead of trying to add new wrinkles into the game plan.

"We just need to take care of business," Galdeira said. "We have to work hard this week and make sure we don't let up."

Waiakea 9 6 7 3 -- 25

Konawaena 17 18 18 13 -- 66

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