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KALAHEO n The Westside Hornets might have been the underdog going into Monday night’s KYBA 14 Under basketball game, but Kierra Barba and Cherilyn Kua combined for eight points apiece with an added six marks from Brytney Lanning to hold off the powerful Waimea Minihunes 30-23.
Coach Maynard Shea of the Westside Hornets I, a Girls 12 Under team, thought about meeting up with the powerful Waimea Minihunes, “The only way (to win) is to let them play our game. We might not be able to keep up with them; if we let them go, they’ll run us into the ground.”
It appeared as if that premonition was going to come true as Moani Durant promptly took command of the court with five of Waimea’s nine first quarter points despite the heavy defensive pressure exerted by Cherilyn Kua and Brytney Lanning accompanied by heavy encouragement from the stands.
The Minihunes held a commanding seven-point lead, 9-2 at the buzzer, but the Hornets took advantage of the brief quarter break and came back to hold the Minihunes scoreless in the second frame while chipping away at the deficit behind four points from Lanning and a trey from Sunni Acosta.
Three-point contributions from Barba and Kua saw the tables reversed at the half, 15-9 in favor of the Hornets.
Durant led the Minihunes’ charge into the second half, but the Hornets already had a taste of being in the lead and continued to match up as they frustrated Minihune guard Natalie Mata to just a pair in the entire contest enroute to the final 30-23 victory.
Kapaa Warriors 42, Kalaheo Pistons 14
Nathaniel Kalahiki may not have made it into the scorebooks, but his rebounding prescense in the second half kept the Kalaheo Pistons to just four second-half points as Kapa`a wrapped up a 42-14 victory behind a sizzling second-half offensive showing from guard Kila Youn who combined with Elijah Phillips for a dozen markers each in the win.
Reggie Vigilia led the Pistons’ scoring with eight points, four coming in the opening frame that saw the Pistons outgun the Warriors 8-5.
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