Bus Drivers claim championship
KALAHEO — Warm Up Da Bus!
The saying may have been used to taunt the opposing team, but for Alex Naumu’s Bus Drivers, the five-girl squad held off a concerted Waimea second-half comeback 18-15 to lock up a 25-20 championship in the KYBA 17 Under girls league Friday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Tiana Samio who notched Waimea’s only pair in the first half, combined with Ashley Meir and Hoku Magno-Knapp to lead the second-half charge. Samio ending the night with six points to lead the Waimea scoring.
Mier and Magno-Knapp both finished with four points apiece with Magno-Knapp’s value coming in battling with the Bus Driver’s Sarah Curnan for rebounds, both offensive and defensive.
Natalie Mata, Shiela Ramos, and Jianna Soto each notched a pair to round out the Waimea scoring.
Curnan’s pivotal positioning in the paint harassed the Waimea offense while scooping up numerous rebounds as the Kamehameha School student finished with eight points to lead the Bus Drivers in their championship.
Kristi Arinaga and Ashley Vea each put in six points in the win with Charise Ponce rounding out the effort with five points in the balanced showing.
Kaua‘i Fire Raiders I 24, Kaua‘i Fire Raiders II 18
Balanced scoring by the Kaua‘i Fire Raiders I kept the Kaua‘i Fire Raiders II at bay as Darcie Allianic and Rachael Taira led I to a 14-7 halftime lead enroute to their 24-18 win over II for third place.
Taira finished with five points on the night with Allianic, Cherisse Rapozo, and Kassy Morishige each adding four points each in the win.
Mei-ling Keopuhiwa added three and a pair each by tahnee Shigematsu and Reina Fujimoto rounded out the victory.
Lindsey Sugihara came up with six second-half points to lead the Raiders II with Carie Inouye adding five points, including a second quarter trey.
Stephanie Kashiwabara added three, and a pair each by Hoonani Dennis and Kelcie Morita rounded out the evening.