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Kalina Kelsie
1 Obrey 11 Imai
Kamehameha Waiakea
Guard/forward, Guard, 5-6, Junior
5-10, Senior Key scorer and play-
Obrey averaged 20 maker who also re-
points per game. ... bounds with the best
scored a state-tourna- in the BIIF. ... Aver-
ment-record 38 points aged 12 ppg.
during the semifinals. CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole will play at Utah State. Taylor Wu scored 19 in the state-title win.

Kamalu Dahlis
2 Kamakawiwo‘O ole 12 Sablay
Kalani, Guard/ Mililani
forward, 6-0, Senior Guard, 5-2, Junior
Scored 17 ppg and filled Master with the ball,
up every category. ... able to change direc-
Tremendous defender, tions and create for
shot blocker, voted de- teammates. ...
fensive player of the year. Immense court IQ.

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM JAY METZGER / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu hit a trey in 18 of 19 games. Jalen Tanuvasa had her best games against the best.

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Taylor
Wu
KAMEHAMEHA’S OBREY 13 Alexis
Huntimer

AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE
‘Iolani ‘Iolani
Guard, 5-7, Senior Guard, 5-8, Sophomore
Scored 15 ppg and A distributor and
fueled the Raiders’ slasher who also sank
high-speed attack. ... 31 3s. ... scored 24
Also voted to points in title game. ...
all-defensive team. An all-defensive pick.
By Paul Honda saw that I proved that game
phonda@staradvertiser.com
HONORABLE MENTION and she allowed me to step

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 oelle Sua-Godinet, >> Malie Marfil, Kamehameha out more. She helped me
year earlier, Kalina Kamehameha >> Aloha Akaka, Maryknoll with that side, to lead
Obrey was a very >> Kaylen Kamelamela, Leilehua >> Melody Lum, Punahou more,” Obrey said.
>> K
 aliana Salazar Harrell, >> Namahana Kaeo-Young,
good post scorer, re- Konawaena King Kekaulike Straight had Obrey post
bounder, defender, >> Brilie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific >> Taeya Blakeney, Kaiser up from time to time, but
passer. >> Jazelle Dorser, Waiakea >> Raven Rosa-Lasco, Moanalua now the entire court was
In 2019, Obrey was more >> Briarra Nakihei, Castle >> Kierstin Gummerus, Waimea available for attack with the
than very good. The 5-foot- >> Kalena Gibson, Mililani versatile skills of their
10 forward/center was dev- leader.
astating. Defenses could no in that final to ‘Iolani, 52-49. the state final. She shot 79 “The biggest thing with
longer game-plan to dou- “It’s a huge honor I percent at the free-throw her is she’s really talented
4 Lily Lefotu
Wahinekapu ble-team her on the block. wanted. I was working to- line, leading the state in free- athletically, but what sets 14 Kaye
Serapio
‘Iolani Instead, the Kamehameha ward that goal in high throw attempts. her apart is her drive and Waimea
Guard, 5-7, Sophomore senior opened up her game. school. The summer after ju- She will play at San Jose her heart,” Straight said. “We Guard, 5-2, Sophomore
Supremely skilled on A full offseason of training nior year, I wanted to work State next season. The Spar- put a lot of pressure on her
An iron woman —
both ends, and also ul- expanded her 3-point shot hard and make sure I im- tans are getting a player this year to lead the team,
Waimea played just
tra consistent. ... Aver- to NBA range. She became proved myself. Get player of who transformed herself and she loves that pressure.
seven players — and
aged 15 ppg ... Also an an adept driver to the bas- the year, get to states. Our like few others in the span She welcomed that type of
defensive opportunist
all-defensive pick. ket, especially with her left team did so phenomenal,” of one offseason. After leadership role.”
with great hands.
hand. Her court vision, still Obrey said. “My teammates, building her skills as a post Coach of the year honors
outstanding, led to a lot of they definitely didn’t get the player with her father, Josh went to ‘Iolani’s Dean
kick-outs and buckets for credit they deserve. They Obrey, as a child, she did Young. He guided the run-
the Warriors. stepped up and did a great what some college coaches ning Raiders to their first
Kamehameha made it all job through the entire state did not expect. She worked state crown since 1996,
the way to the state champi- tournament. They don’t get daily on her perimeter skill when the late Bernie Ching
onship game, where, fittingly half the credit they deserve.” set with 808 Basketball Club led the Raiders to consecu-
enough, all of the attention In the 2017-18 season, she coaches Bob Keanini and Hi- tive championships. This
came down to a 29-foot was triple-teamed often on nano Higa. year’s ‘Iolani squad was a
3-point shot by Obrey at the the block. One day at the Sa- “I had to improve be- wire-to-wire No. 1 team in
final horn. All net. Three and cred Hearts Academy Invita- cause of college and club. the Top 10. ‘Iolani (23-6
a half minutes later, the tional, she was fouled hard Coach Bob and Coach Hi- overall) won the ILH title,
game-tying shot was voided and suffered a wrist injury nano knew colleges needed ending Maryknoll’s run of
Jalen after referees studied the that kept her out for several me to play guard, so I had to four straight league champi-
5 Tanuvasa slow-motion video. weeks. build my driving game, my onships. Dallas
Maryknoll Obrey, who averaged 20 This season, healthy from shooting range, for me to Latoya Wily, who guided 15 Martinez
Guard, 5-7, Sophomore points and 10 rebounds per start to finish, Obrey scored accomplish my goal,” Obrey Kahuku to the OIA title, was Sacred Hearts,
The toughest on-ball game, was voted the at least 14 points in 24 out of said. second in the voting. Bob- Guard, 5-5, Senior
challenge in the state. Star-Advertiser Girls Basket- 25 games. She had 38 points What she brought back to bie Awa of Konawaena and
ball All-State player of the Averaged 12 ppg while
... Exploded around and 17 rebounds in a state the Kapalama Heights cam- Chico Furtado of Maryknoll
year. Obrey was a shooting 78 percent
and through defenses semifinal win over Kalani, pus after all the reps was a tied for third. Konawaena
near-unanimous selection from line, defending
to average 17 ppg. and had a 24/10 in the game-changer. and Maryknoll had no se-
even though her team lost every position and
thriller against ‘Iolani during “Coach Pua (Straight) niors this season.
playing point center.

Susitina
6 Namoa Leiah Caiyle Kaelyn Kalena Dean
Lahainaluna 7 Naeata 8 Kaupu 9 Espinda 10 Halunajan C Young
Guard/forward, Kahuku, Guard/ Konawaena Kaimuki Kalani ‘Iolani
5-9, Senior forward, 5-8, Sophomore Forward, 5-9, Junior Guard, 5-7, Senior Guard, 5-4, Sophomore Coach of the Year
A post scorer with Averaged 16 ppg as a Versatile but had to With team sometimes Darting PG was nearly Led Raiders to first
3-point range who point guard, 3-point anchor the low post, playing with five players, impossible to stop off state title since 1996.
sometimes ran the shooter and post scorer. averaging 16 ppg. ... Espinda was a point cen- the dribble, averaging
point. ... Also an ... Key rebounder and an Also an all-defensive ter facing tough defense. 16 ppg. ... An all-de-
all-defense pick. all-defensive team pick. team selection. ... Still averaged 19 ppg. fensive team pick.