State D-I girls basketball: Waiakea, Konawaena reach opposite side of semis

  • RICK OGATA photo Waiakea's Kelsie Imai shoots against Konawaena during the BIIF finals.

BIIF teams make up half of the final four at the state girls Division I basketball tournament in Honolulu.

At Moanalua High’s gym, Waiakea smothered Lahainaluna 37-36, holding the Lunas to 22 percent shooting from the field as Kelsie Imai scored 13 points to lead the way.

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Destynee Williams and Tayvia Cabatbat added six points each, and Bethany Honma, and Keeli-Jade Smith each had five points for the Warriors, shot just 38 percent from the floor, including 0 of 6 from 3-point range.

Taylor Eldredge scored 14 points, and former HPA player, Kyana Brucelas, came off the bench, played 11 minutes and went scoreless for the Lunas, who hit 5 of 15 from long distance.

BIIF runner-up Waiakea (12-2) plays defending state champion Iolani (14-1) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Neal Blaisdell Center on OC16.

Konawaena 40, King Kekaulike 37: Kaliana Salazar-Harrell scored 23 points, nailing five 3-pointers, to lead the Wildcats into the semifinals at Kalani High’s gym.

Salazar-Harrell had 10 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers. Caiyle Kaupu added six points, and Jayla Medeiros four.

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Ledjan Pahukoa scored 1 points to lead the Na Alii (11-6).

No. 2 seed Konawaena (13-0) plays No. 3 seed Kahuku (15-0) in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday at Neal Blaisdell Center.

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