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State Championships Quarterfinals vs Baldwin

Posted Thursday, February 26, 2009 by Bobbie Awa


Konawaena freshman Emalia Galdeira already has mastered the basketball skills that most high school players take many years to master, if at all.

Galdeira scored, rebounded, played defense and passed effectively last night as No. 2 seed Konawaena overwhelmed Baldwin in a quarterfinal at Kaimuki High.

Galdeira's final stat line read: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 10 steals and 5 assists.

She Galdeira led the Wildcats in each category.

"Emalia is so talented and gifted with her speed," said Konawaena assistant coach Lloyd Tanaka. "She played her heart out and she created a lot for us when we needed it."

Konawaena, the Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion, turned the game into a track meet with full-court man-to-man pressure.

"We're all fast and conditioned so we can get to our spots," said Galdeira, a 5-foot-8 guard/forward.

The Wildcats forced 26 turnovers, and leading the defensive charge was Galdeira, who created havoc for Baldwin by using great anticipation and quick hands.

Many of the steals led to layups.

"The rest of them played good defense and everyone else gave me opportunities to steal the ball," Galdeira said.

Baldwin's Shauna Ah Yen banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put her team up 9-8 with 3:58 left in the first period.

Up to that point, the Maui Interscholastic League runner-up had little trouble breaking the press.

"We haven't played in 10 days," Tanaka said. "We were trying to get our legs under us. We had a few girls under the weather last week, so hopefully this is the game we ironed it all out."

Konawaena (13-0) responded with a 13-2 run to end the quarter for a 21-11 lead, with Galdeira tallying six points.

Baldwin (11-5) scored the first four points of the second period to get within 21-15, but the Wildcats scored the final 10 points of the half.

During the run, Galdeira made a steal in the backcourt, dribbled down court and hit Kara Hanato-Smith under the basket with a nifty no-look pass for a layup.

"What she really does is she's real active; she gets her hands on a lot of balls," Tanaka said of Galdeira. "She creates a lot of steals and creates a lot of offense for us."

The Wildcats forced 20 turnovers in the first half.

Galdeira had 11 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists by halftime. She finished 8 of 14 from the field.

Ah Yen led the Bears with nine points.

BALDWIN (11-5) 11 4 11 2 — 28

KONAWAENA (13-0) 21 10 14 5 — 50

BALDWIN — Samantha Agtunong 4, Malia Chang 2, Shauna Ah Yen 9, Christine Co 7, Tasha Buika 4, Jennifer Alakai 0, Dayna Villanova 0, Breanna Gaddis 0, Malia Killiam 0, Jessica Malknecht 2, Ariana Newton 0. Totals 13 1-2 28.

KONAWAENA — Makayla Awa 8, Kara Hanato-Smith 9, Emalia Galdeira 17, Anuhea Wall 7, Dawnyelle Awa 5, Thea Hanato-Smith 4, Hokulani Reyes 0, Juliet Palu 0, Aukele Waikiki 0, Misilosa Uulopa 0, Kimberly Brown 0. Totals 22 4-15 50.

3-point goals: Baldwin 1 (Ah Yen). Konawaena 2 (Hanato-Smith, D. Awa).

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