As expected, the Marianas High School Lady Dolphins did not disappoint in the Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization 2012-2013 girls basketball tournament, stamping its second consecutive perfect season in the books with a 79-35 championship-clinching victory over Mount Carmel School Lady Knights last Saturday at the MHS Gymnasium.
The Lady Dolphins are made up of Rachel Abrams, Kim Ada, Erream Badilles, Jeradline and Jeralyn Castillo, Lahaina Gatchalain, Kristine Guevara, Charlene Lizardo, Francisco Lovely, Marlene Lumabi, Kim Ocampo, Shelo Olivos, Friendly Pena, Gabrielle Race, and Glorily Williams.
The team is coached by Steve Jentz and Preston Basa.
After the game, MISO president Nick Gross presented the two-time champs with the perpetual trophy, which will be held on display once again in MHS' trophy case until next year.
“Defense and hustle is what we preached all season and their dedication paid off in the end. We are going to take today to celebrate, but the first day of upcoming season starts tomorrow,” said Jentz after the game as the team took turns cutting down the net.
Sure MHS dominated the field, but it did so deservingly as they clearly put in the most hardwork in practice three times a week during the season.
They are losing seniors Abrams, Ada, Jeralyn Castillo, Francisco, Guevarra, Lizardo, and Williams, but have picked up Pena and Race to help fill the void.
MCS battled back through the lower bracket after falling to the eventual champs in the curtain raiser last Friday, 45-69, but simply ran out of gas in the final stage.
Still the nine-player group showed resilience by making it to the championship after being put in a hole from the start.
The Lady Knights knocked off the Tinian High School Lady Stallions, 56-33, and then ousted the Saipan Southern High Lady Manta Rays, 85-56, before punching its finals ticket with a, 66-47, victory over the Kagman High School Lady Ayuyus.
MHS had a much easier route to the main event and only had to go through KHS in the upper bracket semifinals on Saturday morning, which they did with ease, 68-21, and then merely had to wait and see who its next victim was going to be.
In the finals, MHS assumed control right away, 22-7, in the opening period and fed its center Rachel Abrams who paced the group with 8 points.
She added 4 more early in the second quarter before taking a seat and Jeradline Castillo delivered three baskets to lead a plethora of others as the Lady Dolphins motored further ahead, 44-19, at the half.
Lady Knights' Keolani Lebria captained the squad with 8 markers in the first half, but MHS' depth was already showing signs of wearing down the contenders.
MHS picked up right where it left off after the break and pulled away, 61-29, heading into the final canto.
Abrams remained at the helm and provided three more baskets in the push.
Then the Lady Dolphins called in the reserves during the fourth quarter as everybody on the team got to contribute offensively.
MHS 79 - Abrams 18, Jeraly Castillo 14, Williams 7, Jerald Castillo 6, Gatchalian 6, Pena 5, Francsico 4, Lizardo 4, Ada 3, Badilles 2, Guevarra 2, Lumabi 2, Ocampo 2, Olivos 2, Race 2.
MCS 35 - Lebria 13, Che 7, R Kautz 6, M Kautz 4, Taylor 4, Demapan 1.
Scoring by quarters: 22-7, 44-19, 61-29, 79-35.