GCA Lady Eagles win HS hoops opener

Posted on Nov 11 2022

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Grace Christian Academy’s Azriel Fatialofa goes for a layup against Kagman High School in the opening game of the 2022 IT&E Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League last Monday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium. (LEIGH GASES)

Grace Christian Academy dominated Kagman High School, 55-25, last Monday in the 2022 IT&E Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League opener at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

Lady Eagles’ 5’11” center Azriel Fatialofa controlled the paint with her 45 points. Teammate Soleil Lamar lent a hand as she scored 8 points and the other 2 points came from Katriel Saures.

KHS swooshed the nets for just 7 points in the first period, with 4 points from Priscilla Tomokane, 2 points from Kiana Camacho, and a free throw shot from Elicia Cabrera, but by the end of the first period, Fatialofa’s free throw put her team in the lead by 2 points.

In the end, Fatialofa’s mammoth 45 points drowned out Kagman’s efforts.

In the second game, Mount Carmel School defeated defending champion Marianas High School, 27-25, in extra period.

Chealzka Navarro, who scored 8 points, put in the tie-breaking 2 points in extra period after teammate Valerie Estella tied up the game. Estella and Erin Frink scored a total of 4 points, Mia Abuan scored the most with 9 points, and Asa Backe had 2.

MHS’ Kina Rangamar scored a total of 13 points, Marielle Lopez had 10 and Tamia Hix contributed 2 points.

Saipan Southern High School routed Agape Christian School in a close game, 26-24, in Monday’s third match.

Lady Mantas’ Yasmeen Younis scored 15 points total and the winning and tie-breaking shot in the final seconds. 

Andrea Ramos added 6 points, Kathyryn Sablan scored 3, and Lency Sagarino and Casey Cruz scored a free throw each for SSHS.

The Torchbearers’ Eunice Xu contributed 8 points, Ruth Zhang shot 7, Sunny Wang scored 5, and Pheobe Chen and Lynn Zhao scored 2 points each.

The IT&E Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League is being run by the Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation.

GCA 55 – Fatialofa 45, Lamar 8, Saures 2.

KHS 25 – Tomokane 8, Camacho 8, Cabrera 7, Tudela 2.

Scoring by halves: 9-7, 55-25.
MCS 27
– Abuan 9, Navarro 8, Frink 4, Estella 4, Asa Backe 2.

MHS 25 – Rangamar 13, Lopez 10, Hix 2.

Scoring by halves: 13-14, 23-23, 27-25, OT.

SSHS 26 – Younis 15, Ramos 6, Sablan 3, Sagarino 1, Cruz 1.

ACS 24 – Xu 8, Zhang 7, Wang 5, Chen 2, Zhao 2.

Scoring by halves: 13-10, 26-24.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at leigh_gases@saipantribune.com.

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