Warriors victors in KIF season opener

WAIMEA—The Kapa’a High School wahine basketball team opened the Kaua’i

Interscholastic Federation (KIF) season on a winning note under a new coach,

Michael Ban, as they emerged from the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea with a 45-40 win

over the Waimea High School Menehunes.

Surviving a quick Menehune lead

coming off a pair of free throws from Kailana Soto, the Warriors never looked

back as Trichael Pangan paced the Kapa’a ladies to a 13-6 first quarter

lead.

The Warriors staved off at least three threats from the Menehunes

throughout the defensive slugfest.

Faced with four members of their roster

not being able to make the opening game, the Menehunes managed to outshoot the

lady Warriors in two of the four quarters, and tied the Warrriors 13-13 in the

final stanza, but the effort fell short in the loss.

The Menehunes also

outgunned the lady Warriors on the free throw line 7 points on 13 attempts

compared with the Warriors’ 3-for-8 charity showing.

Pangan stalemated the

contest 6-6 at the 4:21 first quarter mark as she tucked in a second effort

basket, and following a pair of free throws from Waialana Quisano, sparked the

7-0 point run to the buzzer with 5 points.

The Menehunes held the Warriors

scoreless for almost three minutes of the second period, and managed to pull

within a pair of the Warriors with a trey by Soto at the 1:47 first half mark,

but Kapa’a answered with baskets by Ashley Farias and Jordyn Danner to keep

Waimea at bay 23-17 at the half.

Erika Iwai pulled the Menehunes to within

a basket in the third period with a second effort basket, but the Warriors

surged ahead on a trey and a field goal by Danner for the 32-27 Kapa’a lead at

the end of three quarters.

Jennifer Fukino brought the Menehunes to within

two, 38-40 at the 2:36 mark as she capped a 5-point Waimea scoring surge with a

pair of free throws, but the effort fell short as the Menehunes succumbed to

missed passes and free throws as Kapa’a put the icing on the win behind a trey

by Ashley Farias with less than a minute remaining.

Warrior scoring was

spread between three leaders as Danner topped the roster with a game high

15-point effort followed by Farias and Pangan with 11-point contributions.

Erin Hanada added four and Quisano and Kainani Torio each added a

pair.

Soto topped the Menehune scoring with 13 points followed by Iwai’s

12-point showing. Robyn Manuel tucked in 7 points including a 1-for-2 showing

at the free throw line, and Fukino and Charis Castillo each added four in the

loss.

Mytra Dileonardo and Shayna Carvalho had strong defensive efforts for

the Warriors along with the scoring Warriors. Jodi Kimura, Desiree Dennis, and

Sunny Jane Dela Cruz also saw action for the Menehunes.

The Menehunes

travel to the Raiderdome on Friday, March 24, for the second contest in the

fledgling season as they take on the Red Raiders who will be inaugurating their

new coach, Penny Vess. Tipoff time for the JV game is at 5:30 p.m. with the

varsity game starting twenty minutes following the completion of the JV

contest.

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