Big Games Tonight For West Oahu Girls Bas­ket­ball Teams

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

As OIA West play en­ters its third week of the girls bas­ket­ball sea­son, ev­ery game is a big game for league mem­bers. A look at Wed­nes­day’s (Dec. 18) games — all at 7 p.m. — for Aiea, Camp­bell, Pearl City and Kapolei fol­lows. Rad­ford at Pearl City The Charg­ers passed their first test of the sea­son last week with an easy 35-12 win over fel­low Di­vi­sion II op­po­nent Wa­ialua and will look for an up­set win over Rad­ford.

The Rams, who are in Di­vi­sion I, posted a big win to open their own sea­son last week by de­feat­ing a good Aiea team, 36-34, at home. Rad­ford used its in­side- out­side at­tack to edge Na Ali‘i.

Fresh­man guard Deja Tavale posted three 3point­ers and 14 points for Rad­ford, while post player Jas­mine Moody went 6-for-6 at the free throw line and tal­lied 14 points to pace the Rams’ in­side game.

Pearl City is led by se­nior Me­gan Ramos, ju­nior Jurey Jao and sopho­more Ciera Sylva. Kapolei at Leile­hua The Hur­ri­canes will play their first road game of the sea­son af­ter home games against Nanakuli and Camp­bell, while the Mules are com­plet­ing a stretch that saw them play three of their first four games at home.

De­fense has been Leile­hua’s forte dur­ing a 2-0 start, as the Mules are hold­ing op­po­nents to 31 points per game.

Ty­wanna Ab­bott led Leile­hua in its win over Camp­bell last week, post­ing 20 points, while vet­eran Tif­fany Reyher is one of the league’s most ca­pa­ble. Kapolei is led by guards Amayha Dy­cus and Raquel Las­co­nia.

This is Leile­hua’s last game be­fore an eight-day lay­off that will pre­cede a much-an­tic­i­pated matchup Dec. 26 with ri­val Mililani. Camp­bell at Wa­ialua Al­though it is early, this game can be placed into the ‘must win’ cat­e­gory for the Sabers, who are bat­tling Aiea, Pearl City and the Bull­dogs for play­off po­si­tion­ing among the Di­vi­sion II schools. This matchup also rep­re­sents the sec­ond of a three-game stretch of road games for Camp­bell, which also must travel to Rad­ford Fri­day night.

The Sabers en­tered their game with Kapolei late last week still search­ing for their first league win, fol­low­ing losses to de­fend­ing DI cham­pion Leile­hua and DII fa­vorite Aiea. Sab­rina Marzan was Camp­bell’s high- point leader ver­sus Leile­hua, tal­ly­ing 12. The Sabers also fea­ture Cyd­ney Cur­ran and Brandy Con­trades.

Fol­low­ing the Rad­ford con­test, Camp­bell will play four of its last five

games at home. Wa­ianae at Aiea Aiea was only a cou­ple of plays away from a 2-0 start fol­low­ing a heart­break­ing 36-34 road loss to a good Rad­ford team last week. Na Ali‘i had opened West play with an im­pres­sive 45-24 win over fel­low Di­vi­sion II mem­ber Camp­bell Dec. 4.

Na Ali‘i guard Mich’Lae Higa opened con­fer­ence play with a flour­ish, tal­ly­ing 25 points in the win over Camp­bell to es­tab­lish her­self as a Player- ofthe-Year can­di­date in the league, be­fore be­ing lim­ited to six ver­sus Rad­ford. Aiea has also re­lied on Natasha Maroney and Aliysha Cooper-Tabisola for scor­ing to date.

Among Aiea’s chal­lenges for this game will be to avoid look­ing past the Searid­ers, as a key home-date against Mililani looms on Fri­day for Na Ali‘i.

Af­ter that game with the Tro­jans, Aiea will play four of its next five games on the road, in­clud­ing a stretch of four in a row away from home. Wa­ianae be­gan play 0-2 fol­low­ing losses to Rad­ford and Nanakuli.

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