Wailua’s late start comes too late

KALAHEO — Wailua overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit as their offensive engine sputtered to life in the second half Monday.

But the effort came too late as Kaulupono Girls held Wailua to a 37-14 showing despite Wailua outgunning Kaulupono by a digit.

Natalie Mata racked up a trey and four field goals to lead the Kaulupono attack with a game-high 11 points followed by Erin Connelly finishing with five points. Sera Pascual and Lorrine Lagoc-Agrade each chipped in four, and Aiko Grande finished in traffic with three.

Jayme Jacinto, Georgette Dela Cruz, Chaelyn Briones, and Brandi Briones rounded out the westside math with pairs each.

Kira Nakamura lit up the boards with a pair of treys toward her seven-point showing for Wailua with Lynsi Nakamura following on a five-point contribution.

A pair from Kaira Kupihea rounded out the effort.

Earlier in the evening, a bucket from Island School’s Hayley Uliana with 2:08 showing in the third period ignited the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center crowd as the girls in blue managed to break into the scorebooks against Team Swish.

Despite strong showings from guard Hartley Dabin and the low posting of Mariah Spinden, the Island Schoolers could not open the scorebooks.

Meanwhile, Team Swish, led by Jaime Mariano, had built up a 22-0 halftime lead with Mariano, Kelsey Cadiente, and Kira Taylan notching treys, Taylan tallying a pair of treys in the first half. Kelsey Cadiente went on to an explosive final period where she chalked up five of her game-total 10 points.

Followed by Mariano’s nine points, Taylan finished with six, Janessa Grady and Lahela Creamer each contributed four points, and Kathleen Cadiente ended with three. Pairs from Randee Layosa and Rachel Hamamura accounted for the Team Swish 40-2 final score.

Kelsey Cadiente finished with nine points and Grady added eight as Team Swish bettered the Gee’s Angels, 24-16 at the Saturday games played at the Kaua’i High School gym.

Justine Holt led the Angels’ effort with seven points.

Mata notched 10 points and Grande fueled eight markers as Kaulupono Girls topped Island School, 42-3 in Saturday’s second game, Dabin notching all three of the IS points.

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