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Wildcats state champions in 2OT

Karin Stanton/Hawaii247.com Contributing Editor

A scrappy Konawaena team snatched the title away from Punahou at the HHSAA Girls Basketball Division I State Championships Friday, Feb. 27 at Blaisdell Arena.

Final score: Konawaena 54 , Punahou 50 – 2 OT

The two teams had battled each other in the championship game in 2005 and in 2007 – with each taking one title.

Konawaena girls took a 21-18 lead into the break after a rough-and-tumble first half that saw the lead change several times.

The Wildcats built steadily on their lead in the second half, up 11 points after three quarters, and hung tough as Punahou surged back.

With Konawaena hanging on to a 2 point lead with just 1:30 left, Punahou got a couple of favorable calls and tied it up at 44 with 33 seconds left.

As the clock ran out, Konawaena missed two shots, sending the game into overtime.

A slightly slowed down overtime results in only one point for each team, and it’s into a second overtime period.

Freshman sensation Emalia Galdeira eased in a lay-up to put the WIldcats up 47-45 and worked herself loose to stick in another two points with less than a minute left.

An accidental poke in the eye shook Galdeira enough to miss two foul shots and Punahou clawed back to 49-47.

A pass into Galdeira under the basket was good enough for another bucket and then a couple of foul shots sealed it.

Galdeira, who racked up 23 points in the championship game, was voted the outstanding player of the Division I tournament.

No. 2 seed Konawaena was making its ninth appearance at the state tournament, having won the title in 2004 and squaring off against Punahou to take the 2007 title.

No. 1 seed Punahou has earned a state berth 21 times, the most of any school, and this year marked its record 14th consecutive appearance. Punahou has won the state championship nine times, the most of any school, the last title coming in 2008.

Between Punahou coach Mike Taylor and Konawaena coach Bobby Awa, the pair have led the last seven state champions.

Third place – Lahainaluna 56, Farrington 52

Fifth place – Roosevelt 51, Iolani 48

Championship – Konawaena 54, Punahou 50

Official Basketball Box Score
Konawaena Wildcats vs Punahou Buffanblu
02/27/09 7:00 pm at Blaisdell Arena

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VISITORS: Konawaena Wildcats 15-0, 3-0 HHSAA
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Awa, Makayla........ *  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  2  0  0  13
15 Hanato-Smith, Kara.. *  1-7    0-3    3-4    1  1  2   4   5  2  4  0  0  36
23 Galdeira, Emalia.... * 10-16   1-4    2-6    3  6  9   4  23  2  5  0  4  35
30 Wall, Anuhea........ *  1-5    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   2   2  0  3  0  0  15
34 Awa, Dawnyelle...... *  1-6    0-3    2-2    3  3  6   2   4  8  3  0  3  40-
11 Hanato-Smith, Thea..    1-2    0-0    1-4    0  4  4   4   3  1  1  0  1  27
21 Reyes, Hokulani.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
24 Palu, Juliet........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
25 Waikiki, Aukele.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
35 Uulopa, Misilosa....    1-2    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   2   2  1  3  0  0   9
50 Brown, Kimberly.....    6-9    0-0    1-2    0  7  7   4  13  2  1  1  0  25
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   22-49   1-10   9-18  11 25 36  23  54 16 22  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-24 41.7%   2nd Half:  9-17 52.9%   OT:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 44.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-4   0.0%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   OT:  0-2   0.0%   Game: 10.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   OT:  4-9  44.4%   Game: 50.0%    3

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HOME TEAM: Punahou Buffanblu 13-2, 2-1 HHSAA
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 LAU,Rebecca......... *  0-8    0-6    0-2    0  1  1   1   0  2  1  0  1  35
20 MERRIFIELD,Anna..... *  1-3    0-0    2-4    2  1  3   4   4  1  1  0  1  15
24 NOMURA,Janelle...... *  7-21   0-5    6-7    0  0  0   4  20  2  5  0  4  40-
30 CHING,Jennifer...... *  0-0    0-0    2-2    2  0  2   0   2  2  1  2  2  10
40 TORRES,Tressa....... *  4-10   0-0    2-2    2  5  7   5  10  0  1  0  0  23
10 OKUMA,Kaylin........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  0  0  0  0+
13 SANTI,Alexandra.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
14 NOMURA,Julianne.....    0-1    0-0    1-2    2  1  3   2   1  0  1  0  0  20
15 LI,Janet............    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   4
21 LAU,Brittnie........    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  0  1  0  0  0+
23 SATARAKA,Mysha......    3-6    0-0    1-3    5  5 10   0   7  0  2  1  3  24
32 BRAND,Julia.........    1-5    0-0    1-3    0  5  5   1   3  1  3  1  1  26
33 LUDVIKSEN,Kysa......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         4  2  6
   Totals..............   17-55   1-12  15-25  17 21 38  17  50  9 17  4 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-18 33.3%   2nd Half:  9-24 37.5%   OT:  2-13 15.4%   Game: 30.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-3   0.0%   2nd Half:  0-5   0.0%   OT:  1-4  25.0%   Game:  8.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half:  8-12 66.7%   OT:  1-4  25.0%   Game: 60.0%   6,1

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Officials: Ray Fujino, Terry Arista, Patrick Santiago
Technical fouls: Konawaena Wildcats-None. Punahou Buffanblu-None.
Attendance: 1687
Score by Periods                1st  2nd  3rd  4th   OT  OT2   Total
Konawaena Wildcats............    8   13   17    6    1    9  -   54
Punahou Buffanblu.............    9    9   11   15    1    5  -   50
2009 Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA
Girls Basketball State Championship
Division I Championship Game

Points in the paint-KONA 32,PUNAHOU 28. Points off turnovers-KONA 15,PUNAHOU 11.
2nd chance points-KONA 6,PUNAHOU 10. Fast break points-KONA 2,PUNAHOU 0.
Bench points-KONA 18,PUNAHOU 14. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-6 times.
Last FG-KONA OT2-00:29, PUNAHOU OT2-00:03.
Largest lead-KONA by 11 4th-07:42, PUNAHOU by 4 1st-03:52.

Hawaii High School Athletic Association website

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