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
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.
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
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.
Kaua`i 3 7 7 11 28
Kapa`a 10 10 18 24
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