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BIIF Championship vs Hilo

Posted Sunday, February 15, 2009 by Bobbie Awa
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Konawaena sophomore Misilosa Uulopa shoots a layup in the first quarter of the Wildcats' 65-39 win over Hilo. Konawaena will play Waiakea at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii Prep in the BIIF Division I championship game. - Bill Adams | Special To West Hawaii Today
'Cats sink Vikings
by Steven Offenbaker
Special To West Hawaii Today

Saturday, February 14, 2009 6:54 AM HST
Freshman Lia Galdeira scored 15 points, and freshman Dawnyelle Awa added 10 as Konawaena cruised past Hilo 65-39 at Hawaii Prep in the semifinals of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I girls basketball tournament.

The top-seeded Wildcats (11-0) will play Waiakea (8-3) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the BIIF championship game. Both teams will represent the league in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I Girls Basketball State Championships, which take place Feb. 24-27 on Oahu.

In the first quarter, senior Vicky Tagalicod played through pain and injury to keep Hilo (4-7) close, scoring five of her team-high 15 points. Konawaena led 13-10 heading into the second quarter.

"We got off to a slow start," Wildcats assistant coach Lloyd Tanaka said. "On the way over, we decided that we really need to work on our trap defense and we did that, but it really slowed us down."

In the second quarter, the Wildcats ran away with the game. Galdeira scored seven of her team-high 15 points in the period, and senior Kara Hanato-Smith added five as Konawaena pushed out to a 33-16 lead.

"That's the game we've played all year," Tanaka said. "We have some greyhounds on this team that love to run, and that's exactly what we did. It also helped that the outside shots were falling to."

In the second half, the Wildcats continued to pour it on. Dawnyelle Awa nailed two 3-pointers and a field goal in the quarter as Konawaena took a 50-27 lead into the final period.

Defensively, the Wildcats frustrated Hilo in the third quarter.

"When we switched back to man-to-man (defense), we really took off," Tanaka said. "We really pulled away at that point."

The Vikings' loss closed out Tagalicod's career. She has committed to play for USC.

"I give Vicky a lot of credit," Hilo coach Kelly Lerma said. "She came back and played through her injury. She fought hard, and I commend her for it."

Tanaka echoed Lerma's sentiments.

"For her to come in and score 15 points on us, playing through her injury, I really commend for her that,'' Tanaka said. "It was a great performance."

Hilo 10 6 11 12 -- 39

Konawaena 13 20 17 15 -- 65

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