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'One Team' 5-peat: 'Iolani girls extend D-I dynasty

Feb. 10—The latest win in a five-peat may be the sweetest for the 'Iolani Raiders.

The latest win in a five-peat may be the sweetest for the 'Iolani Raiders.

Mia Frye's 3-pointer opened overtime and top-seeded 'Iolani escaped with a 39-38 win over unseeded Kamehameha to capture the Division I title at the Heide & Cook /HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Friday night.

'Iolani became the first team in state history to win five girls basketball state crowns consecutively. It could have been six, perhaps, if not for the cancellation of the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic.

"Last year was pretty rewarding, " said center Mele Sake, who had seven points and six of her nine rebounds on the offensive glass. "But this was record-breaking."

It was 'Iolani's sixth win in six games against Kamehameha, but the Warriors had their chances to pull out their first state title since 2013.

Frye is a combo guard who has embraced the role of a high post when opponents use a zone. She adjusted and launched the biggest shot of the night in the nick of time for 'Iolani.

"My coaches were telling me to step out because they were covering me really good in the high post. I wasn't getting any looks. I got the pass and just shot it, " said Frye, who led the Raiders with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field.

Keiki McGee added eight points, including a crucial 3-pointer late in regulation. Justice Kekauoha overcame an ankle injury and chipped in six points.

'Iolani coach Dean Young guided his team to a 26-3 overall record.

"This title doesn't feel too different, but each team is different. Each team has its own personality, its own chemistry, " he said.

"This team, their personality, they're super close. They're super playful. They love being with each other. They love coming to practice. We pound the stereo every day at practice. They're always dancing and singing. There's so much joy. Besides the five-peat, I really wanted this team to win it for themselves. That's more important than the five-peat."

Kamehameha finished the season 20-9 with a promising, young squad that had 'Iolani on the ropes once again. Sophomore center Nihoa Dunn had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Rylee Paranada added nine points.

The Warriors trailed 8-0 at the start but never lost focus.

"I think we were a little tentative or hesitant, " Kamehameha coach Pua Straight said. "Once we got a few stops, we were OK. I'm super proud of them. They stick together and left everything on the court."

Overtime was a titanic battle, as 'Iolani's powerhouse bigs Sake and Callie Pieper went to battle in the paint with Dunn and Kamaka Fonoti.

Frye, operating on the high post, stepped out and splashed a straightaway 3. More than three minutes passed until another point was scored. Mikylah Labanon drove and lobbed a pass to Fonoti for a layup, cutting 'Iolani's lead to 34-33 with 44 seconds to go.

Kekauoha went to the foul line with 12.5 seconds left and missed both free throws, but Sake outjumped Dunn for an offensive rebound. The Raiders called time out with 9.1 seconds left.

Frye went to the charity stripe with 7.9 seconds to go, and she also missed both foul shots. Dunn rebounded and with only two team fouls, 'Iolani fouled quickly, stopping the clock with 5.2 seconds left.

On the ensuing play, the Raiders fouled Labanon after a long pass. With 2.9 seconds left and no fouls to give, 'Iolani allowed the inbound pass to Paranada, who drove toward the right elbow but was contested by Sake. Her tough runner missed at the buzzer.

In the games on Jan. 20 and 29, Kamehameha had the lead in the second half. In the latter of those, the Warriors led 29-21 in the third quarter.

IOLANI 39, KAMEHAMEHA 38, OT WARRIORS (6-7 )

MIN FG-A FT-A R A PF PTS Paranada 29 3-10 1-2 0 0 1 9 Labanon 33 2-4 0-2 3 2 3 4 Cbydo-Cswll 21 2-7 0-0 3 0 1 5 Alapai 33 0-4 1-2 9 0 3 1 Dunn 31 6-14 3-410 1 1 15 Nakakura 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 Frreira-Trralba 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 Fonoti 21 2-10 0-2 6 0 3 4 TEAM 6 TOTALS 180 15-51 5-12 37 3 14 38 RAIDERS (12-0 )

MIN FG-A FT-A R A PF PTS Frye 36 6-9 0-2 2 2 4 13 McGee 29 3-6 0-0 2 3 2 8 Dernandez 32 0-4 0-0 6 2 2 0 Kekauoha 24 2-10 2-4 2 0 1 6 Sake 22 3-8 0-0 9 0 4 7 Pieper 25 1-4 1-2 1 0 2 3 Hanohano 12 1-2 0-0 1 0 0 2 TEAM 2 TOTALS 180 16-43 3-8 25 7 15 39 Kamehameha 2 12 6 16 2 — 38 'Iolani 10 13 2 11 3 — 39 3-point goals—Kamehameha 3-11 (Paranada 2-3, Cabuyadao-Caswell 1-4, Nakakura 0-1, Ferreira-Torralba 0-1, Alapai 0-2 ). 'Iolani 4-17 (McGee 2-4, Frye 1-3, Sake 1-3, Pieper 0-1, Kekauoha 0-2, Fernandez 0-4 ). Steals—Kamehameha 4 (Labanon 3, Alapai ). 'Iolani 6 (Frye 2, McGee, Fernandez, Kekauoha, Sake ). Blocked shots—Kamehameha 1 (Dunn ). 'Iolani 3 (Sake 2, Kekauoha ). Turnovers—Kamehameha 14 (Alapai 3, Dunn 3, Labanon 3, Paranada 2, Cabuyadao-Caswell, Nakakura, Fonoti ). 'Iolani 15 (Frye 5, Fernandez 4, Sake 3, McGee 2, Pieper ). Technical fouls—none. Officials—Tony Collazo, Saffery Silva, Cass Kasparovitch. A—1, 860.