Marianas High School, Kagman High School, and Saipan Southern High all arose victorious over separate foes last week in the 2012-2013 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Basketball League.
Two-time varsity champions Lady Dolphins whipped the Lady Knights last Wednesday, 69-39, and the Lady Ayuyus stunned the Lady Mantas 68-56, in Friday's varsity tiff. Also last Friday, Southern doubled-up Kagman, 40-20, in the junior varsity pairing.
MHS's win was its third in as many games, while Southern (2-1), Kagman (1-3), and MCS (1-3) fill out the rest of the varsity field. Southern leads in the junior varsity division with its 2-0 mark, while MHS (1-0) and Kagman (0-3) complete the field.
Friday's varsity match saw Kagman's Anna Ada and Southern' Roxanne Duenas carry their respective teams through the opening period with the latter winning round one with a trio of three-pointers for her 15 markers and the Lady Rays' 23-19 lead.
Ada delivered 13 points on the other end to keep her Lady Ayuyus afloat and upon her exit in the second frame, her teammates stepped up and uncorked a 24-point outburst to grab the lead at halftime, 43-26.
With Duenas away from her post, the Lady Mantas were stuck to 3 points in the second period, while Kelsey Lizama's 10 points led Kagman's charge.
Southern regrouped after the break and briefly pulled to within three possessions, 41-49, as Ayana Ongelungel got involved in the third quarter. She tallied 9 points and the rest of the Lady Rays made a great defensive stand to limit Kagman to 8 points.
Duenas scuttled for 11 points in the last quarter and did all she could to stir up a comeback, but an 8-point tear by Kagman's Anzuko Halstead's proved to be the deal breaker. Halstead finished with 16 points behind Ada's team-high of 22. Duenas topped the box score with 28.
In the junior varsity game, Ongelungel led Southern's opening act to seize control early on, 16-2. She took a seat in the second quarter, however, which caused an abrupt bottleneck in the group's production. The rest of the Lady Rays managed to pan out only one lone bucket in her absence, but KHS had its own struggles in getting shots to fall as it still trailed at the half, 12-18.
Ongelungel reentered the game after the break and more or less slammed the door on its opponents with a hefty 10-point chunk that granted a sizeable 30-18 advantage.
Kagman was flustered by the start of the closing frame and ended up leaving the court the same way it arrived-with only one measly basket to its name through 10 minutes of work.
Ongelungel played heads and shoulders above her competition as her 20 points matched Kagman's total points:
In last Wednesday's lone game, Glorily Williams' six markers in the first quarter paced a five-member scoring band of the Lady Dolphins, who carved out a 16-10 margin.
MHS then pulled away at midpoint, 41-21, and never looked back, as Rachel Abrams and Jeraldine Castillo fronted the Dolphins with their combined 15 points.
Kaylani Lebria tallied 15 in the first two frames for MCS, but was held to a meager two points in the third quarter and the Lady Knights began to lose sight of MHS, which trotted further ahead, 62-26, after the third quarter.
The Lady Dolphins starters handed the keys over to their bench in the final period, as all but one player on their roster rang in at least one basket.
Abrams and Williams had 15 points apiece for MHS, which drew 14 markers from Castillo, while Lebria scrambled for 20 under duress.
SSHS 40 - Ongelungel 20, Rogoyawa 10, Atalig 6, Isaac 4.
KHS 20 - K. Lizama 8, Olaitiman 6, Dela Cruz 4, Wasisang 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-2, 18-12, 30-18, 40-20.
KHS 68 - Ada 22, Halstead 16, Lizama 10, Pelep 10, J Santos 6, Palino 2, Mettao 2.
SSHS 56 - Duenas 28, V Bartolo 18, Ongelungel 9, Angui 1.
Scoring by quarters: 19-23, 43-26, 49-41, 68-56.
MHS 69 - Abrams 15, Williams 15, Jerald Castillo 14, Jeraly Castillo 6, Lizardo 5, Lumabi 4, K. Ada 2, Badilles 2, Gathalian 2, Guevarra 2, Olivos 2.
MCS 39 - Lebria 20, M. Kautz 11, R. Kautz 6, Taylor 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-10, 41-21, 62-28, 69-39.