2018-2019 DIVISION II »  Division I

HBA's Dang piloted Eagles to Division II title

Alexis Dang was at the controls for the state championship-winning Hawaii Baptist Eagles. ScoringLive photo illustration

Player of the Year: Alexis Dang, Hawaii Baptist, G, Jr.

Coach of the Year: Robin Yamaguchi, Hawaii Baptist


Alexis Dang

Hawaii Baptist  •  Jr
G  •  5'5

Kaye Serapio

Waimea  •  So
G  •  5'2

Ameera Waterford

Seabury Hall  •  Jr
G  •  5'7

Kierstin Gummerus

Waimea  •  So
G  •  5'4

Anau Tuivai

Seabury Hall  •  Jr
F/C  •  6'2



Tia Akasaki

University Lab  •  So
G  •  5'3

Keila Tsutsui

Hanalani  •  Sr
G  •  5'7

Kyley Nakagawa

Hawaii Baptist  •  Sr
G/F  •  5'7

Sasha Phillip

Hawaii Baptist  •  Jr
F  •  5'8

Lishae Scanlan

Hanalani  •  Fr
F/C  •  5'10


Castle: Noelani Beard, Briarra Nakihei, Reilani Roller, Shayla Young
Damien: Ilana Sagapolutele
Farrington: Setita Prescott
Hawaii Baptist: Caitlin Ching, Hayley Taka
Hawaii Prep: Mariah Borce, Kyana Brucelas, Maja Burdova
Kapaa: Jaliyah Casem, Mele Tafea
Kau: Reishalyn Jara, Kianie Medeiros-Dancel, Heidi Vidal
Kauai: Amalya Sales
KS-Hawaii: Mihalani Mortensen, Dominique Pacheco, Meghan Wong
Lanai: Gina Anton, Arriana Maltezo
Le Jardin: Melia Swirsky, Madeleine Venezia
Molokai: Kaitlin De Rouin
Saint Francis: Trisadee Kahunahana, Kawena Kalani
Seabury Hall: Brittlay Carillo, Pio Tuivai
University Lab: Cassidy Gelacio, Tyra Goo Sun, Makena Tong
Waimea: Braelyn Cayaban
Waipahu: Anna Penitusi, Hunter Quemado

Other coaches that received consideration: Charles Hiers (Hanalani), Keone Labuanan (Seabury Hall), Natalie Mata (Waimea)

Player of the Year: Alexis Dang, Hawaii Baptist, G, Jr.
Calm, cool and collected are three adjectives to describe Hawaii Baptist's Alexis Dang.

Champion is another.

The junior guard is the ScoringLive All-Hawaii Division II Girls Basketball Player of the Year after guiding the Eagles to their second state title and first since 2016 last February.

Dang averaged just 9.6 points per game, but her value on the court for the best team in D2 goes beyond the numbers. As the team's starting point guard, the 5-foot-5 junior set the tone on both sides of the ball for an HBA team that went 15-1 during ILH play and the state tournament.

"Alexis Dang is not only the best all-around player on the team, but her leadership and composure on the court is second to none," said University Lab coach Kenny Kitamura. "She is always solid in all phases. She is never rattled and always in control of what's going on around her."

She was never shy in the big moment either. In the ILH championship game against Hanalani, Dang scored a season-high 15 points with eight rebounds and four assists and helped stave off a second-half rally by the Royals by scoring or assisting on all of the Eagles' baskets in the second half.

In three state tournament games she recorded 10 steals, which included an inbounds play late in the fourth quarter of the state championship game to seal the title in a 43-39 win over Seabury Hall. Dang also made a pair of clutch jumpers to give HBA leads of 17-14 and 35-32 in a back-and-forth affair against the Spartans.

"She makes the plays like any great point guard," Kitamura said of Dang. "She creates opportunities for her teammates with good drives and passes, and she gets to every loose ball, plays great defense. She shuts down the other team's best ball-handlers. She doesn't score the most, but she makes all the big shots, just like she did in the state championship game, and she rarely ever turns it over. For a high school player that's rare."

Dang, who was the state tournament's most outstanding player, had just one turnover in each of the Eagles' three tournament games. She was also selected as the league's most valuable player.

Coach of the Year: Robin Yamaguchi, Hawaii Baptist
The Hawaii Baptist coaching staff deserve credit for keeping the program afloat through unprecedented circumstances.

Robin Yamaguchi and company took over the team midseason when head coach Keith Sugiura had to step away from the team for medical reasons.

According to HBA athletic director Deren Oshiro, Yamaguchi and the assistants took over on Dec. 20 of last year. The Eagles dropped their next league contest against University Lab on Dec. 22, and a non-league game to Laguna Hills on Dec. 26, but they found their groove right after and rattled off 13 wins on the court en route to the program's second state title in four years.