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
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
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
Score by quarters:
Kapa`a 13 13 9 15 49
Waimea 7 9 10
Kapa`a scoring: Jordyn Danner 24, Kainani Torio 6, Waiala
Quisano 6, Mytra Dileonardo 3, Ashley Farias 10, Ihilani Yama
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.