Taylor Wu, Alexis Dang lead girls hoops all-tourney teams

'Iolani guards Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu (23) and Taylor Wu (11) doubled Kamehameha's Kalina Obrey in the D-I state tournament title game on Saturday. All three made the all-tournament team. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

To the winners go the spoils, they say.

Taylor Wu knows this well. The ‘Iolani senior came up clutch with her team down against Kamehameha in the final of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships tonight.

She connected on two key 3-pointers, the second banking in from 25 feet out, to give ‘Iolani the lead for good in a thrilling 62-59 win over Kamehameha at Stan Sheriff Center.

Wu was voted most outstanding player of the tourney. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu, Kalina Obrey and Noelle Sua-Godinet of Kamehameha, Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole of Kalani and Caiyle Kaupu of Konawaena.

Alexis Dang, who scored a team-high 12 points in Hawaii Baptist’s 43-39 win over Seabury Hall in the Division II final, was selected most outstanding player in that bracket. Joining Dang is teammate Kyley Nakagawa, Anau Tu‘ivai and Pio Tu‘ivai of Seabury Hall, and Kierstin Gummerus and Kaye Serapio of Waimea.


  1. Loca1boiAnonymous February 10, 2019 9:14 am

    I felt Obrey had such a performance in this tournament that despite the loss in the title game, she should’ve been given the most outstanding player nod.

  2. Justsaying808 February 10, 2019 11:32 am

    Taylor Wu did great but Obrey did great also with 2 to 4 defenders watching her. Congratulations master Wu and Kalina Obrey, well deserved recognition either way.

  3. Energizerbunny February 10, 2019 1:14 pm

    Not one to usually comment on these forums, however, I had to let my voice be heard. I agree with Loca1boiAnonymous. Obrey makes history and breaks a state tournament scoring record in addition to playing phenomenally throughout the tournament. She should have won MVP. The MVP should go to the most deserving player no matter what team the player is on. Maybe they should add that to the rule book.

  4. Kanani February 10, 2019 1:23 pm

    Kalina should have been MVP hands down.

  5. #Baller4Life February 10, 2019 2:32 pm

    Agree. Points, accomplishments, leadership, sportsmanship = MVP. Kalina Obrey should have been the MVP. She broke a record! It was no surprise that Wu dropped 3- pointers, because she always does. Obrey had amazing numbers throughout the entire tournament. I wish the committee would THINK a little bit before quickly putting this All- Tourney team together.

  6. Aloha kinipopo February 11, 2019 9:04 am

    Kalina Obrey – best performance of all time in Hawaii. All around brilliance. To choose anyone over her is a joke. Something is wrong with that selection process. Taylor Wu is also a great competitor, but Kalina had a better tourney, and was more valuable AND more outstanding… she had way more impact on the game for her team. .lA tremendous example of character and competitive spirit – for all young athletes to see!

  7. Fred February 11, 2019 9:20 am

    Whaaaaaa? Obrey, hands down. Not even close!
    Who voted for this??? (Can we get an instant replay on this too?)

  8. Mike February 11, 2019 9:40 am

    Obrey an outstanding player and is my MVP. Amazing moves and shooting ability.

  9. The Next One February 11, 2019 10:09 am

    Enough. To the winner go the spoils that includes MVP!
    She broke a record? Ha, that’s because it was their only focus after the game was already decided. No shame?!

  10. Loca1boiAnonymous February 11, 2019 4:04 pm

    @The Next One

    History has shown that has never been the standard to have to give M.O.P. to a player on the winning team. Players on runner ups have gotten it before… I mean the girl set a scoring record facing triple teams. Her performance was an exception to your “to the winner goes the spoil” rule.

  11. Basketballfan February 11, 2019 8:12 pm

    Wow! Kalina Obrey should’ve got MVP. She kept her cool, she broke a record and led her team… she did all she could possible for her team! Politics… haters gonna say otherwise.

  12. Eyes Up! February 12, 2019 9:22 pm

    MVP should be Obrey, hands down!

  13. Nicole February 14, 2019 10:56 pm

    Kalina Obrey should’ve been the tournaments Most Outstanding Player, hands down. Nothing against Taylor Wu, she is an amazing basketball player. But I feel that Kalina Obrey did SO much more for her team throughout the entire tournament.

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