Saipan Southern High School triumphed in dominating fashions against Kagman High School in both in the varsity and junior varsity games in the 2012-2013 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Basketball League last Friday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.
The Lady Manta Rays lit up the Lady Ayuyus in the junior varsity match, 54-13, and then Southern's varsity squad took care of business on the main stage and downed Kagman, 60-43.
Roxanne Duenas was stellar in her season debut and got her Lady Rays on the right foot for a 16-11 favor after the first 10 minutes of play. She tallied 8 points in the first quarter and then teamed up with O. Ayana in the second exchange to catapult the Lady Rays ahead at halftime, 40-18. Ayana led Southern in the first half with her 11 markers that was complemented by Duenas' 9.
The Lady Rays then sunk the dagger into the Lady Ayuyus a frame early and pretty much sealed the deal after amassing a daunting 58-35 margin in the third quarter.
Duenas then scrambled for 10 points in the deciding period before taking a seat, as Southern coaches called off the dogs late in the game. She finished way on top of the box score with 25 points, while Ayana chipped in 15. Kagman drew 9 markers from A. Ada.
In the junior varsity match, Southern's Ongelungei and Francisco dominated the curtain raiser, as they teamed up for 40 points in the lopsided win.
Southern established a 16-4 lead in the opening canto and held on to its double-digit lead at midpoint, 17-7. The Lady Rays then pulled away in the third quarter, 35-11, thanks to Ongelungei and Francisco's 8 points apiece.
Struggles to find the bottom of the net continued for Kagman, as Southern ran off in the last period after drawing 9 more points from Ongelungei. She finished with a game-high 23 points and her partner in crime, Francisco, turned in 20 markers, while T. Olaitiman led the developing KHS crew with her 6 points.
This season's MISO girls caging opened last Wednesday with the defending champions MHS Lady Dolphins getting a win via forfeiture against Mount Carmel School's Lady Knights.
The season continues tomorrow at 4:30pm with KHS facing MCS in the varsity division.
SSHS 54 - Ongelungei 23, Francisco 20, Marie 6, Jerafina 4, Hofschneider 1.
KHS 13 - Olaitiman 6, Dela Cruz 2, J. Santos 2, T. Santos 2, Wasisang 1
Scoring by quarters: 16-4, 17-7, 35-11, 54-13.
SSHS 60 - Duenas 25, Ayana 15, Francisco 6, C. Bartolo 4, Cunanan 4, V. Bartolo 2, Indalecio 1, Ongelungei 1
KHS Lady Ayuyus 43 - Ada 9, Halsted 7, Wasisang 7, Mettao 4, Pekp 4, Kaipat 3, Dela Cruz 2, Lizama 2, Palacios 2, J. Santos 2, T. Santos 1
Scoring by quarters: 16-11, 40-18, 58-35, 60-43.