LIVE BLOG: Sacred Hearts Invitational, day 3

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The final day of the Sacred Hearts Invitational is underway. The third- and first-place games have shuffled teams, similar to last year when Kamehameha opted to play in the third-place game to avoid playing another ILH member, Sacred Hearts.

So it’s ‘Iolani against Kaimuki in the third-place game and Waiakea versus Sacred Hearts in the final.

Waiakea 56, Sacred Hearts 37, end Q3
Waiakea does not look like a team playing its six game in less than three days. The Warriors have maintained defensive pressure and made it tough for the Lancers to get the ball in shooting position for Martinez and Te‘Hiwa Medeiros. Waiakea is running the floor like a team with fresh legs, too.


Waiakea 56, Sacred Hearts 37, end Q3
Waiakea does not look like a team playing its six game in less than three days. The Warriors have maintained defensive pressure and made it tough for the Lancers to get the ball in shooting position for Martinez and Te‘Hiwa Medeiros. Waiakea is running the floor like a team with fresh legs, too.

Waiakea 31, Sacred Hearts 22, halftime
The Warriors increase pressure and extend to halfcourt, and the home team is struggling to get good shots in the second quarter.

Waiakea 14, Sacred Hearts 12, end Q1
Warriors active defensively, keeping an on-ball defender on SHA guard Dallas Martinez fullcourt. The Lancers are consistently attacking the low post, getting to the foul line, but shooting just 50 percent there. Keighsha Walker splashes a 3 with :08 on the clock to give Waiakea back the lead.

Waiakea 7, ‘Iolani 6, 4:18, Q1
Playing their six games in less than three full days, Waiakea fell behind 6-0, then pushed the ball effectively in transition to take a 7-6 lead.


‘Iolani 75, Kaimuki 32, FINAL
The Raiders eliminated all fastbreaks and ran time off the clock on each possession against Kaimuki’s zone defense in the second half. They easily could’ve scored 100 points today and took the higher road. ‘Iolani didn’t take a 3 in the second half and finished 13-for-19 from the arc.

Wu finished with 18 points, Wahinekapu tallied 14 and Yung added 10. Espinda led Kaimuki with 14 points, including four treys.

‘Iolani 68, Kaimuki 22, end Q3
Kaimuki’s Kaelyn Espinda hits her first 3 of the game with less than a minute left in the third.

‘Iolani 54, Kaimuki 11, halftime
Lady Bulldogs struggling to get shots against ‘Iolani’s zone defense. Raiders getting plenty of open looks from the arc and hitting. Taylor Wu with 16 points, including 3-for-3 from the arc. Kylie Yung 10 points (2-for-2 on 3s) and Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu with nine. Kyra Tanabe eight points.


‘Iolani 38, Kaimuki 11, end Q1
Raiders dropped the fullcourt press with a 15-point lead and soon after brought in their next three. They’ve only got eight players suited up today. Kyra Tanabe hits a step-back corner 3 at the buzzer.

‘Iolani 7, Kaimuki 0, 7:07, Q1
Two steals and a quick lead for the pressing Raiders.

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