Late run lifts Red Raiders 46-35

It may have looked eerily similar to the Red Raiders.

Back on March 25, the Kaua’i girls basketball team led for most of three quarters only to see the Menehune erase the deficit and overcome Kaua’i 32-29.

On Friday night at Kaua’i High School, the Red Raiders again marched out to a commanding edge only to see the Menehune erase much of it heading down the stretch.

This time though, the Red Raiders had the answer in the form of Delsa Tavana.

Tavana’s three-point play broke an 11-0 run by Waimea which cut a 37-22 lead down to four late in the final period.

Tavana added another basket late in the quarter and finished with a team-high 11 points in helping Kaua’i best Waimea 46-35 in KIF action.

Holly Illoreta and Lindsey Sugihara combined for 14 points for the Red Raiders.

After Tavana’s three-point play, the Red Raiders scored the next six points to open a 13-point lead with seconds to go.

Early on, Kaua’i (1-2 in the KIF) looked sharp in opening a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes of action. The Menehune (2-1 in the KIF) rebounded with a 13-point second quarter but still trailed 27-19 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Red Raiders may have played their best defensive period of the season in holding the Menehune to three points. Kaua’i scored 10 in the quarter to open a 15-point lead heading the final period.

Ashlee Vea scored 11 points for the Menehune while teammate Ashley Mier added nine points.

In JV action, the Red Raiders continued their winning ways after besting Waimea 45-31 on Friday night.

Kaua’i led 11-8 after one quarter and then 18-15 at halftime. The Red Raiders outscored the Menehune 27-16 in the second half of play to pull away.

Kaua’i’s Sherri Gebauer led all scorers with 15 points while Waimea’s Melissa Moreno added 12 points. The Red Raiders also received six points from Darcie Allianic while Waimea’s Tori Kagawa poured in nine points.

Scoring Summary

Waimea —  6 13  3 13 – 35 Kaua’i — 14 13 10  9 – 46

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