Leile­hua Girls End 2009-10 Sea­son With Winning Record

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

For the Leile­hua High School girls bas­ket­ball team, the road to a suc­cess­ful 2009-10 sea­son be­gan last sum­mer in Las Ve­gas, where the Mules took part in the “Main Event” na­tional prep bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

“ That helped build us as a team,” said coach El­roy Dum­lao. “ They stuck to­gether and be­lieved they could play (against first-rate com­pe­ti­tion). They’ve car­ried that over into this year. The girls are more con­fi­dent and less hes­i­tant now.”

Above all, progress has shown up in the won-lost col­umn for the Mules, who went 8-2 in the re­cent­ly­completed OIA White West Divi­sion to claim the top seed out of the West for the over­all con­fer­ence tour­na­ment. Losses to Kahuku and Kaiser ended Leile­hua’s sea­son at 8-4, but it was still a year to re­mem­ber for the son that saw Leile­hua play 30 games in­clud­ing sum­mer and fall league con­tests and their trip to Las Ve­gas.

“Just be­ing to­gether has helped them,” said Dum­lao. “ This is a re­ally close team. When we play to­gether, we’re pretty ex­cited. Th­ese girls play for each other.”

The Mules’ only losses in the reg­u­lar sea­son were to East pow­ers Kaimuki and Kahuku, which is the de­fend­ing DII OIA cham­pion. They de­feated East foes Kaiser and Kala­heo and went 6-0 against their fel­low West coun­ter­parts to ac­count for their 8-2 mark.

Dum­lao cred­ited the lead­er­ship of Bo­cobo, the Mules’ point guard, as crit­i­cal to his team’s suc­cess. “She’s our coach on the floor — ev­ery­thing we do goes through her. She helps our co­he­sive­ness. She keeps the girls to­gether. When the girls voted on their team cap­tains, it was unan­i­mous with her (as a se­lec­tion).”

Lindo was Bo­cobo’s back court mate, and was an All-Con­fer­ence se­lec­tion a year ago in the OIA White West. “She’s our best shooter. She’s also marked (by op­pos­ing teams). Every­one knows who she is, but she’s still pretty con­sis­tent. She has a high bas­ket­ball I.Q. She’s a good all-around bas­ket­ball player.”

At 6-foot-1, Hooks pro­vided the in­side game.“She’s a bat­tler and a gamer. Her pas­sion is bas­ket­ball, and she’s one of our leaders.”

Sopho­more Toe Motu, 6-foot-1, also en­joyed a solid sea­son and was a matchup night­mare for most op­pos­ing teams on the wing with her size. She joined fresh­man Karissa McBride in so­lid­i­fy­ing the start­ing lineup, while se­nior Car­line Wil­son was been the first player off of the bench all sea­son.

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

Leile­hua sopho­more Toe Motu goes up for a shot dur­ing prac­tice. Photo by By­ron Lee, by­ron­lee@mid­week.com.

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