ON THIS DATE: Pikake Nutter-Gaudet’s comeback falls short

Pearl City's Marci Lobendahn grabs a rebound Leilelua's Pikake Nutter-Gaudet. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

On this date turns to a more recent year, the day in 2003 that Leilehua’s Pikake Nutter-Gaudet almost single-handedly saved the Mules against rival Mililani.

Nutter-Gaudet scored 19 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter — only one of her made shots was a 3-pointer — but Mililani beat Leilehua 49-46 early in the girls basketball season. Thanks to Nutter-Gaudet, the visiting Mules outscored the Trojans 25-7 in the final stanza, but the comeback fell just short.

Christy Duvachelle led Mililani with 12 points, followed by Christina Korodon and Yvonne Morris with 10 each. Mililani improved to 1-1 on the young season and Leilehua dropped to 0-2.

Nutter-Gaudet averaged 14.9 points per game that season, behind only Lehua Yap of Nanakuli (17.9) for the OIA West scoring lead. The Mules finished the regular season 5-4 and were kicked out of the OIA playoffs thanks to a 52-38 loss to McKinley when Nutter-Gaudet scored 18 points. Nutter-Gaudet was still rewarded with a spot on the OIA West first team and was third in the West in scoring in her senior year with an 11.1 mark and earned honorable mention on both newspapers’ All-State teams.

In other games that day:
>> Waialua hit six 3-pointers and Kapolei hit just four of 18 free throws to lead to a 36-30 Bulldogs victory.
>> Christie Ayers scored 16 points and Amy Fujihara hit four 3-pointers as Peal City walloped Nanakuli 62-41.
>> Diana Samson scored 14 points and Jessica Akamine added 12 as Maryknoll spanked St. Francis 63-44.
>> Kristina Lin scored 12 points as Mid-Pacific kept University winless with a 46-32 victory.
>> Punahou exploded for a 29-11 run after halftime and the Buffanblu beat Sacred Hearts 60-28 on 14 points by Becky Hogue and 13 from Shanna-Lei Dacanay.


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