‘Iolani Classic girls tourney: Semifinals

Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) and Konawaena had dreams of reaching the ‘Iolani Classic finals, but both teams were foiled by nationally-ranked powerhouses tonight.

Brea Olinda (Calif.), ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25, was too balanced and big in a 69-45 runaway win over Konawaena, the top-ranked team in Hawaii. Lia Galdeira was sometimes spectacular in a 24-point performance.

Memphis Central, No. 8 nationally, was clutch down the stretch in a 55-52 win over Archbishop Mitty. Frankly, I think Mitty should be in the Super 25, too. They’re balanced, big and just a shade below the best of the best.

So it’s Memphis Central and Brea Olinda tomorrow night for the title, while Konawaena plays Archbishop Mitty for third.

In consolation play, Incarnate Word (Mo.) defeated Farrington 64-39 and Tsinghua (China) fought off ‘Iolani 45-39.

Just found out that Farrington will play ‘Iolani in the seventh-place game. They had already played in Farrington’s tourney three weeks ago, but tomorrow’s schedule couldn’t be rearranged. Tsinghua will play Incarnate Word.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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