Warriors end season undefeated

KAPA’A— Warrior head coach Michael Ban took advantage of an early lead in the

final KIF girls’ basketball game of the season to hone the skills of his

reserves as Kapa’a wrapped up an undefeated season with a 62-28 win over the

Kaua’i Red Raiders at the Bernice Hundley Gym.

Ban’s bench took control of

the court in the final four minutes of play to mount an 18-2 point run sparked

by Ingrid Nakamura, Shayna Carvalho, and Ihilani Yama while the Red Raiders

turned to their senior Laurie Kodani for a charity pair to prevent a shutout in

that time slot.

The victory wraps up an undefeated season for Kapa’a who

captured the KIF title by defeating the Waimea Menehunes last Saturday night at

the Clem Gomes Gym.

Holding the Raiders to just a single field goal in the

first quarter, Ban cleared his benches halfway through the second frame after

establishing a 16-8 by his starting five.

The Raiders were still

handicapped by the injuries sustained by Sarah Sakimae and Alisa Racelo earlier

in the week, and supplimented their ranks with a pair of JV bring-ups as Tania

Racelo and Belinda Butac, gracing the JV win with high point honors on a

20-point contribution, saw limited action towards the end of the

game.

Kodani took the court as a starter for the first time this season,

and despite Kaua’i being held to just two field goals in the first half, the

crowd responded to the newcomer as cheers filled the Kapa’a gym when the Red

Raider senior sunk her first field goal in the third period.

Kara Matsunaga

was another new Red Raider face on the court, and in spite of being injured on

one of her several body-sprawling defensive efforts, rebounded to end the

contest.

Trailing throughout the contest, Kaua’i provided the Warriors with

a true test of mettle as the Raider ladies never gave up, offering the Warriors

a scrappy defensive fight throughout the contest.

Jordyn Danner’s 12 points

sparked the Warriors’ offense with Kainani Torio, Ashley Farias, and Yama each

adding 8 points apiece in the win.

Elisa Inouye’s strong defensive presence

was enhanced by her 7-point contribution for the Raiders along with Brandie

Kawamura’s 7 points coming off the bench.

Scoring by

quarters

Kaua`i 3 7 7 11 28

Kapa`a 10 10 18 24

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Kaua`i Scoring: Elisa Inouye 7, Laurie Kodani 4, Kara Matsunaga 1,

Rona Nishikawa 3, Cissy Dennis 4, Brandie Kawamura 7, Misty Hug 1, Lee Anne Cox

1, Kehau Regidor 1, Belinda Butac 2.

Kapa`a Scoring: Mytra Dileonardo

4, Waiala Quisano 6, Kainani Torio 8, Jordyn Danner 12, Ingrid Nakamura 7,

Trichael Pangan 1, Ashley Farias 8, Kanoe Arinaga 4, Shayna Carvalho 6, Ihilani

Yama 6.

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