County hoops come out of the rain in Kalaheo

KALAHEO — Conflicting schedules and rain delayed the start up, but the county’s 21 and Under girls basketball league is underway.

Four teams took to the floor, Wednesday night after being delayed by one night due to condensation on the floor of the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, Tuesday evening.

However, due to insufficient number of players, Mama Lucy’s forfeited their inaugural game to Waimea.

But, that didn’t dampen the spirits of the girls who came to play as they recruited through the gym, and with “borrowed” players, a pickup game took place with Mama Lucy’s coming out better by a bucket.

Michelle Toy, a student at Kapa’a High School as well as a player for coach Talbert Tacbian’s Wailua squad, is coordinating the league with the help of the county’s Sam Arashiro and Clyde Vito of the Agency on Recreation.

“You gotta let them do what they can,” Arashiro said Tuesday night as he watched the Wailua spirits sag after referee Gene Padilla deemed the floor unplayable.

But, the Wailua girls rebounded and showed up Wednesday night to match mettle against Coach Bryan Inouye’s Lihu’e Raiders.

Games are played twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Kalaheo with two games played each night.

Vito said that starting Monday, Nov. 14, the county’s 14 and Under league with five teams will be starting play.

Those teams will play on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday with the weekday games being played at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, and the Saturday games being played at the Kaua’i High School Gym.

Tipoff for the weeknight games is 6:30 p.m.

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