Up­beat Lady Tro­jans Face Pearl City In Wed­nes­day Show­down

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The OIA Red West Con­fer­ence is plainly a sprint rather than a marathon with Mililani hav­ing played the first round of its league games in a span of only 16 days.

Se­nior Am­ber Ogata and her team­mates have stood tall against the chal­lenges to date, tak­ing a 4-1 record into this Wed­nes­day’s show­down at 7 p.m. at home with Red West front-run­ner Pearl City. Through­out the early sea­son, Ogata has been among the team’s leaders, scor­ing in dou­ble fig­ures in all but one of the Tro­jans’ games for a 12.8 points-per-game av­er­age. She was at her best last Satur­day, tal­ly­ing a game­high 21 points in a 57-39 win over Wa­ianae. Mililani has also beaten Rad­ford (61-31), Camp­bell (47-32) and Aiea (42-25), with its lone loss com­ing on the road at Kapolei (58-51) on Dec. 17. Wed­nes­day’s game with Pearl City is the last of the Red West’s first round. The league’s sec­ond round be­gins Satur­day when the team vis­its Rad­ford.

Ogata took some time away from Mililani’s busy sched­ule last week­end to an­swer some ques­tions for Mid­Week’s Cen­tral Oahu Is­lan­der.

Who’s had the big­gest in­flu­ence on you in your life? I’d say my dad (Fred). He never gives up no mat­ter what he might be go­ing through. He al­ways seems so strong, and he al­ways says, “Never give up, never give up.”

Mililani is off to a great start so far this sea­son. What’s made the dif­fer­ence? The ma­jor­ity of our team is se­niors, and we’ve grown to­gether as a fam­ily the last cou­ple of years. It’s easy for us to play with each other. All of the se­niors want to fin­ish strong. We work hard in prac­tice and lis­ten to what the coaches say.

What as­pect of your game did you work hard to im­prove on for this sea­son? I tried to work on my de­fense. My coaches and my dad, who comes to all the games, have al­ways told me my of­fense was fine but that I need to get bet­ter on de­fense. I want to have my full game with me for my se­nior year, so I am try­ing to work on my de­fense for my coaches and my dad.

Who is your most com­pet­i­tive team­mate at prac­tice? I won’t say one per­son, be­cause they all work hard in prac­tice.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? Clean­ing the bath­room. It’s so dirty and dis­gust­ing. Right af­ter this (in­ter­view), I have to go and do my chores.

What movie could you watch over and over again? Twi­light. I’ve watched that movie like 20 mil­lion times. I love that movie. The boys are cute in that movie.

What’s cur­rently in your iPod? Hmm. Let me go check. I lis­ten to Lil Wayne a lot, and I like to lis­ten to rap and slow songs.

What Web site do you fre­quent the most? I go on MyS­pace a lot. I talk to my friends who are in col­lege. I also talk to my fam­ily mem­bers who are liv­ing in New Jer­sey.

High school stu­dents are known to un­wind by play­ing video games. What do you like to play? Oh no! I hate video games.

You fin­ish the sen­tence: In 10 years I will be … Suc­cess­ful. I kind of want to be a vet­eri­nar­ian.

You are stuck on the Is­land of Ka­hoolawe. You have an end­less sup­ply of one food. What would it be? I’d prob­a­bly say rice.

If you could have your pick, who would be your “celebrity date” for Satur­day night? That’s a hard one. I’d ac­tu­ally say (pro­fes­sional skater) Ryan Sheck­ler.

Con­tact Jack Danilewicz at Jack­ster.1969@ya­hoo.com.

Tro­jan bas­ket­ball player Am­ber Ogata. Photo from Mililani High ath­letic depart­ment.

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