KALAHEO — Island School jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead, but succumbed to the torrid full court press of Ha’aheo Monday in the county’s 12 and Under girls basketball games in Kalaheo.
Mariah Spindon’s strong pushing inside netted four points, and the height of Hayley Uliana added a pair for Island School who held Ha’aheo scoreless in the first half.
But the girls in pink battled back while continuing to exert their full court press, and behind four points from Malu V. and a pair from Tori R., outgunned Island School 6-3 in the fourth period to pull them to within three points, 9-6.
Ha’aheo continued to hammer, a basket by Mia C. and Caitlyn R. putting them ahead 4-2 in the fifth period, but still a digit short, 11-10 at the buzzer.
Persistent offense kept Ha’aheo in the game as Island School struggled to get past the full court press. With 2:24 remaining in the contest, Ha’aheo pulled ahead for the first time as a Malu V. bucket gave them the lead 12-11 enroute to their 14-11 final.
Spindon and Uliana topped the Island School effort with four points apiece with Megan Chock adding a pair, and a digit from Melissa Seymour figuring in the math.
Malu V. topped Ha’aheo with eight points followed by Tori R., Mia C., and Caitlyn R. each tapping in a pair.
Earlier in the evening, Malia Kagawa scored 11 of Island Heat’s 25 points to lead the girls in green to a 25-14 showing over the Westside Hornets.
Kagawa had eight first-half points to bring the Heat to a 14-5 halftime lead, despite the strong effort from the Hornets.
Erin Navarro picked up all of her six points in the second half with Kiara Chong adding four, and pairs from Sierra Mayer and Teal Basquez rounding out the win.
Moana Lee came up with four second half points for the Hornets with a trey from Shanea Vidinha helping.