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HONOLULU – Chaminade University first year women’s basketball head coach Michael Edwards announced Monday five members of his first-ever recruiting class.
Selena Buttery comes to Chaminade as a 5-foot-10 guard from Brockway High School in Brockway, Pennsylvania, where she was one of the most accomplished athletes in school history. A three-time all-conference selection, Buttery guided the Rovers in 2022 to the program’s first-ever Pennsylvania District 9 championship in 50 years of competition and departed with 1,040 points and a school-record 1,052 rebounds, the first basketball player in Brockway history – boys or girls – to record a 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound career. She is also the program’s all-time leader in rebounds per game (12.1), defensive rebounds (725), made 3-pointers (109) and blocks (329). As a four-time No. 1 district qualifier in both singles and doubles, Buttery will also play tennis for the Silverswords.
Dezaray Carter is a 5-foot-7 guard from Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu where she earned All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu Second Team honors this past season. Carter, whose sister Diamond is a former Silversword, helped the Lancers to a runner-up finish at the 2022 Hawai’i High School Athletic Association Division II Championships, the school’s first appearance in the state tournament since 2010.
Juliana Losalio-Watson is a 5-9 wing from Hawai’i powerhouse Konawaena High School in Kealakekua, Hawai’i. A starter since her freshman season, Losalio-Watson helped the Wildcats finish as HHSAA Division I state runners-up in 2020 and ’22 with a third-place finish in 2019. She earned ScoringLive All-State honorable mention honors following her senior season.
Destiny Piekarski is a 5-10 guard from Little Fork-Big Falls High School in Littlefork, Minnesota. She was a two-time all-state honorable mention selection and holds the school’s all-time single-game record with 54 points. She also scored her 1,000th career point while still a junior. Piekarski also the valedictorian of her senior class and played for the Wisconsin Playmakers club team.
Lishae Scanlan is a 5-9 wing from Pearl City High School in Pearl City, O’ahu, Hawai’i. Prior to ending her high school career with the Chargers, Scanlan prepped at Hanalani School where she guided the Royals to the program’s first-ever HHSAA Division II state title in 2020. In Hanalani’s four-game run which began in the unseeded part of the bracket, Scanlan totaled 44 points, 39 rebounds, 10 blocks and eight steals to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. She was also named to the 2020 Honolulu Star-Advertiser Fab 15.
“I am very excited for the direction of our program,” Edwards said. “Our five incoming freshmen are not only talented and decorated high school women’s basketball student-athletes but were also leaders within their teams and communities and, best of all, stellar students.
“I expect each one of our freshmen to make an instant impact within our team, not only on the court but also the classroom. It should be a fun season of growth, team bonding and, hopefully, one which will exceed expectations.”