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2018 Girls basketball Fab 15 has some North Shore swag to it

Bella Cravens of Maryknoll and Sisilia Kaufusi of Kahuku

I knew these girls were good but I didn't know how they stacked up against the other girls baskeball players in the state . . . at least in the eyes of the coaches and media.

In yesterday's article by Paul Honda @ Hawaii Prep World - I got to find out and now i'm sharing it with you.

Bella is our #StraightFromTheBush 2018 Fab 15 member. And she was actually ranked the # 3 player in the state this year as outlined in Paul's article. That's pretty crazy! If Maryknoll had won the State Championship she would've probably been @ # 1 . . . at least in my opinion. Bella was also determined to be the # 2 defensive player in the state. Wishing her all the best as she moves on up to the next level.

This is what was written in the article about Bella as a Fab 15 member:

"3. Isabella Cravens, Maryknoll, 6-1, Sr.The numbers are solid, but don’t tell the whole story for the state’s dominant post player: 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals per game at the state tourney. Voted No. 2 on the All-Defensive Team.


> ILH: 8 ppg, FT 15-32 .469

> Total: 8 ppg, FT 39-68 .574


> vs. Kamehameha-Maui: 4 points (2-5 FG, 0-5 FT), 5 rebounds (1 offensive), 2 blocks, 2 turnovers > vs. Waiakea: 11 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds (4 offensive), 4 steals, 1 block > vs. Konawaena: 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers > Total: 8.7 PPG (13-22 .591 FG; 3-11 .273 FT), 10.3 RPG (3.7 ORPG), 2.0 SPG, 2.0 BPG, 1.3 TPG

> Voted to All-Tournament Team


A double-double regular and clearly the most consistent post defender in the islands, so strong, yet so slinky in traffic. She will benefit at the next level by battling other bigs on a daily basis, and she won’t penalized by touch fouls. Offensively, her range is clearly expanding, comfortable at the elbows. A very willing passer. A classic case of a big who will likely thrive at the next level. Voted No. 2 in the All-Defensive Team"

Here is what was said about Bella as a defender:

"2. Isabella Cravens, Maryknoll The state’s premier rim protector and defensive quarterback, or middle linebacker, communicating with her teammates and making life difficult for all foes in the paint."

And who do you think was ranked at # 4 in the Fab 15, right behind Bella? That's right, Sisilia Kaufusi! She's only a junior by the way and played last year with Maryknoll. I guess practicing against the best every day has it's advantages . . . and it's bearing fruit for Sisilia, her family, and all of those who have that @RedRaiderSoul! She was also # 2 in the most improved category. Here's to a fabulous senior season donning the Red & White!

Here's Sisilia's Fab 15 snippet:

"4. Sisilia Kaufusi, Kahuku, 5-9, Jr. 21 points per game in OIA play, shot 69 percent at FT line. Relentless rebounder, a double-double machine. 25 points in state-tourney loss at ‘Iolani.

Statistics > OIA: 21 ppg, FT 31-45 .689 > Total: 19 ppg, FT 37-54 .685 > vs. Moanalua: 30 pt, FT 8-9; vs. ‘Iolani (HHSAA): 25 pts, FT 3-6, 9 reb.

Skinny There have been a healthy number of productive post players out of Red Raider Nation. Kaufusi did more than impress. She produced a double-double just about every night even though most defenses could blanket her with defenders, in large part because of the lack of perimeter shooting from her young teammates. She plays bigger than her height thanks to strong footwork, superior ballhandling for her position, and a relentless, explosive style that will be on display next season as Kahuku rises to a new level. Kaufusi has already promised that she will work her tail off this offseason. The hunger is real."

This is what was said about Sisilia and how she improved:

"2. Sisilia Kaufusi, Kahuku After a sophomore season at Maryknoll as a role player on the bench, Kaufusi returned to Kahuku and became a double-double threat with vast playing time. Improvement in skill set is a given with the work Kaufusi put in, but much of that has to do with minutes on the court, and this situation worked out quite well for her."

Great job ladies!

[I define #StraightFromTheBush as someone who is a child of a Red Raider alumni or any high school student who lives in our community but is attending another school on island]

#SisiliaKaufusi #BellaCravens

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