Warriors dismantle Waimea

Dennis FujimotoTGI Staff Photographer

KAPA’A—The lady Warriors of Kapa’a High School struck first and launched an

aggressive, physical, mistake-evoking defense as they capitalized on the Waimea

Menehunes, 62-46 at the Bernice Hundley Gym on Friday night.

A sparse

audience watched the ladies in green barrage the basket in the first half paced

by Jordyn Danner and Trichael Pangan. A more balanced second half had Kailana

Torio, Ashley Farias, and Kanoe Arinaga join the hoop-shooting of the Danner

and Pangan show.

Danner, who topped the game scoring with 18 points, led

the Kapa’a attack early as she picked up 14 of her points in the first half,

ten coming in the opening quarter.

Pangan took the offensive helm in the

second period to chalk up 11 of the total 19 Kapa’a points for the 34-23

lead.

Menehune guard Sherlyn Alcon ignited in the second period to pick up

7, including a trey, of her game-total 12 points after efforts at feeding Erica

Iwai yielded a field goal and a pair of free throws in the first

quarter.

Robyn Manuel added to the effort with a 4-point effort.

Kapa’a

opened the scorebooks early, and kept Waimea off balance for the first four

minutes of the game before Alcon scored at the 4:06 mark.

Enter Danner

who fired from the left, right, left, and up the middle as she paced an 9-4 run

to bring Kapa’a to a 15-6 showing with less than a minute left in the

period.

A 3-point play by Iwai pulled the Menehunes closer 15-9 at the

buzzer, and a quick opening basket by Robyn Manuel pulled Waimea even closer,

15-11 before Pangan entered the stage with an answering bucket, 17-11.

The

Kapa’a defense proved brutal against the Menehunes as Pangan increased the lead

by capitalizing on two midcourt turnovers to give the Warriors a 21-12 lead

with 5:51 left in the half.

Bucket trading between Jennifer Fukino and

Torio opened the third period before a defensive slugfest ensued holding both

teams to the lowest scoring of the game. A pair of Danner field goals broke

the defensive stalemate with three minutes left, 40-25.

Waimea’s Kailana

Soto promptly answered with a trey, 40-28, and point exchanges kept Kapa’a

ahead, 44-30 at the buzzer.

The final quarter was the closest the Menehunes

came to matching the Kapa’a firepower, 18-16, but missed free throws could have

painted a different picture as Waimea went cold on the line, 5-for-10 compared

with Kapa’a’s 4-for -7. A trey by Jodi Kimura had Waimea coming up with 11

field-goal points compared with the 12 from Kapa’a.

With four minutes left

in the game, the Menehunes went cold as they controlled the offensive ball but

could come up with only three free throw points on 8 attempts.

Kapa’a

closed the books, 62-46 with a Pangan field goal giving the Warriors the lead

in the KIF standings, 3-0.

Waimea (0-3) is still looking for that elusive

win as they host the Kaua’i High School Red Raiders (1-1) on Tuesday, April

4.

Tipoff for the JV game is 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game starting

twenty minutes following the completion of that game.

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