Marianas High School Lady Dolphins bounced back from their first game loss to win two games in a row with their recent conquest of Saipan Southern High School Lady Manta Rays in the 2022 IT&E Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League last Wednesday night, 41-21, at the action-packed MHS Gymnasium.
It was an even match in the first period as the girls took turns banking their shots, with Lady Dolphins’ Destiny Pangelinan drawing first blood with a 3-pointer. Right after, Lady Manta Rays’ Kathyryn Sablan replied with a two-point field goal.
Then, Angellyn Roligat mirrored Pangelinan’s 3-pointer, with an additional two points from Pangelinan to put the Dolphins in an early lead of 8-2.
Pangelinan went on to score 4 more points for the team, with Roligat scoring 8 more. Teammates Marielle Lopez and Angelina George shot 6 apiece, while Rai Ramarui contributed 4, and Sha Aina Mendoza scored 3.
Summer Manahane scored 9 points for the Lady Mantas, while Andrea Ramos and Yasmeen Younis shot 4 points each, and Lency Sagarino and Sablan shot 2 points each.
MHS’ first win came after they defeated Kagman High School last week, 32-18. This makes their record, 2-1.
In the first game of the night, Agape Christian School routed KHS, 37-30, for their first win.
The Torchbearers controlled the court in a tight match against the Lady Ayuyus, ending the first period with just a 4-point lead. However, Eunice Xu’s huge 21 points and 7 points in the last minutes of the game allowed the Torchbearers to scrape away with the win.
Her teammates Lynn Zhao contributed 8 points, Ruth Zhang shot 6 points, and Elim Huang scored 2.
The Lady Ayuyus’ Elicia Cabrera scored 6 points, Kiana Camacho scored 18 points, Priscilla Tomokane scored 4 points, and Kaitani Tudela shot 2.
KHS have yet to win with three losses.
Lastly, Grace Christian Academy defeated Mount Carmel School, 26-17 for the Lady Eagles’ third straight win.
GCA’s Soleil Lamar scored 14 points, with 2 points from free throws. Teammates Katriel Saures scored 10, and Susana Villagomez scored 2.
MCS’ Erin Frink was the leading scorer with 7 points, Sienna Muna scored 5, Kayannie Peter scored 3, and Vivica Kapileo scored 2.
The Knights are at 2-1.
The IT&E Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League is being run by the Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation.
MHS 41 – Pangelinan and Roligat 11, Lopez and George 6, Ramarui 4, Mendoza 3.
SSHS 21 – Manahane 9, Ramos and Younis 4, Sagarino and Sablan 2.
Scoring by halves: 21-12, 41-21.
ACS 37 – Xu 21, Zhao 8, Zhang 6, Huang 2.
KHS 30 – Camacho 18, Cabrera 6, Tomokane 4, Tudela 2.
Scoring by halves: 20-16, 37-30.
GCA 26 – Lamar 14, Saures 10, Villagomez 2.
MCS 17 – Frink 7, Muna 5, Peter 3, Kapileo 2.
Scoring by halves: 18-7, 26-17.