Lady Warriors roar!

WAIMEA—Kapa`a’s Jordyn Danner, despite being plagued by fouls, topped the

scoring roster with 24 points as the Warriors managed to stave off a serious

Waimea threat and wrap up a 49-39 victory Saturday night at the Clem Gomes Gym

at Waimea High School.

Danner lit up the scoreboards early, with Kainani

Torio helping the cause on another early bucket for a 4-0 Kapa`a surge in the

first two minutes of play.

Waimea’s Erica Iwai found the range and a

3-point play drew the Menehunes to within a digit only to have Danner take

charge and pull the Warriors ahead 6-3.

Waiala Quisano’s goal, a trey by

Danner, and a bucket by Mytra Dileonardo developed a 10-point Kapa`a lead on a

9-2 point run while keeping the Menehunes scoreless for over three minutes in

the first quarter.

Goals by Kailana Soto and Iwai drew the quarter to a

close 13-7 in Kapa`a’s favor.

Melody Manuel’s early second quarter basket

for Waimea drew the Menehunes to within four points only to have Torio answer

in kind for Kapa`a.

A back-riding, body sprawling defensive slugfest

followed with combatants exchanging basket for basket, the Warriors coming out

ahead 25-16 going into the locker rooms at the half.

The halftime break

served Waimea well as the ladies in blue wrestled back in the third quarter,

outgunning Kapa`a 10-9, the Menehune scoring spread between Robyn Manuel (4),

Iwai (2), and Ashley Hori (3).

Ashely Farias came alive for Kapa`a in the

second half, scoring 8 of her 10 game points, 4 coming in the third frame to

lead Kapa`a along with Quisano (2) and Danner (3).

The slugfest continued

into the final quarter as both teams ended even at 15-15, Hori becoming a

victim of the melee by fouling out with sixteen seconds showing on the

clock.

Waimea’s top guns were Iwai (5), Jennifer Fukino who picked up a

trey and half of a charity pair, and Hori (4), while the Warriors were led by

Danner who, despite being rested by fouls, scraped together 6 points for Kapa`a

with Farias aiding the cause with 4.

The Menehunes capitalized on the

Danner bench break and pulled to within four points with 1:29 showing on a Soto

field goal, but Danner was brought back onto the court to stretch the lead back

to 10 points on a field goal and four charity points while the Menehunes

watched the clock tick down, the buzzer sounding on the 49-39 final

reading.

Torio and Quisano aided the Warrior cause behind Danner and

Farias, by adding six points apiece in the win.

Hori came up with 7 of her

game total 9 points in the second period to contribute to Iwai’s lead, and

Fukino followed with 7 points.

The Menehunes travel to the home of the

Kaua`i Red Raiders on Tuesday, May 2 with the JV squads tipping off at 5:30

p.m. The varsity matchup follows twenty minutes following the completion of

the JV game.

Kapa`a, who draws the bye on Tuesday, will complete the season

when they host the Kaua`i Red Raiders on Friday, May 5 at the Bernice Hundley

Gym.

Score by quarters:

Kapa`a 13 13 9 15 49

Waimea 7 9 10

15 39

Kapa`a scoring: Jordyn Danner 24, Kainani Torio 6, Waiala

Quisano 6, Mytra Dileonardo 3, Ashley Farias 10, Ihilani Yama

1.

Waimea scoring: Erica Iwai 13, Kailana Soto, 4, Melody Manuel 2,

Ashley Hori 9, Charis Castillo 0 (0/4), Robyn Manuel 5, Melissa Bartlett 1,

Jennnifer Fukino 7.

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