Aiea controls Waimea girls in preseason game, 49-34

WAIMEA — The Aiea Na Ali’i came to town and beat the Waimea Menehunes 49-34

in a varsity girls basketball preseason game Thursday night at the Waimea

gym.

Sherlyn Alcon and Kailana Soto paced the Menehune attack in the first

quarter as Waimea took a 12-7 lead a the break.

But, Aiea unleashed two of

its four tall girls — Keesha Aldridge and Aritta Lane — who went on to score

six field goals apiece in the game to secure the victory.

It was the first

of two games for Aiea on Kaua’i. The Na Ali’i will also play Kaua’i

High.

Early in the game, Soto and Ashley Hori helped Waimea establish a

lead. Soto tossed in a pair of free throws and a right-handed hook shot, while

Hori delivered a right-wing attack.

Alcon and Charis Castillo also scored

later in the period en route to the five-point lead.

A 9-4 run by the Na

Ali’i — capped by Lane’s basket midway through the second quarter — put the

game in a 16-16 tie.

Aiea won the free throw battle that followed as the

Na Ali`i went 6-for 8 from the charity stripe while the Menehunes could only

muster a 2-for-5 showing. Waimea was also having trouble capitalizing on

rebounds, and Aiea grabbed a 22-18 halftime lead — a lead that held up for the

rest of the game.

Aldridge, who tallied five of the Na Ali`i’s seven first

quarter points, ended the evening with a game-high 17 points, including a

5-for-8 performance at the free throw stripe. She also had numerous rebounds

and blocks.

Lane erupted for eight of her game-total 12 points in the

second half with Kylee Nakamura chipping in a pair of treys in the final period

for an eight-point total.

The Menehunes were able to outscore Aiea 11-10 in

the third frame, but they eventually succumbed to the Na Ali’i’s height

advantage.

Alcon and Robyn Hoopii-Manuel shared team-high scoring honors

for Waimea with seven points each. Soto and Hori followed with six points

apiece. Jennifer Fukino tallied three, while Castillo, Sunny-Jayne Dela Cruz,

and Erica Iwai each added two points.

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