Kapa’a slides by Kailua in preseason girls’ hoops

KAPA’A — Despite missing key players and misfiring on easy shots, the Kapa’a girls’ basketball squad still managed to ease past Kailua 51-45 last night at the Bernice Hundley Gymnasium in preseason girls’ basketball action.

Kennilyn Nakamura paced Kapa’a with 15 points, most of which were scored in the first quarter. After a 26-20 halftime lead by the Surfriders, the Warriors fought back, thanks to strong play by April Johnson, Brittney Carvalho, Hanalei Gomes, Rachel Ganir, and Michelle Toy, who canned three treys on the evening for a total of 11 points.

Kapa’a took the early fourth-quarter lead and never looked back, as Johnson sealed the deal with two game-clinching buckets for the 51-45 victory. Carvalho added eight points and numerous boards to go along with her two towering blocks.

The Warriors were playing without the services of key players in Danielle Creamer, Poe Gantt, and Kieren Pond. Kristen Corrales led Kailua with 15 points.

In the meantime, over at the Raiderdome in Lihu’e, the two-time defending KIF champion Kaua’i squad fell to Kalani, 60-31. In the JV game, the Falcons fanned the Red Raiders, 45-25. A complete game report with photos will be published in tomorrow’s sports section for the Kalani/Kaua’i games.

Preseason girls’ basketball action continues today, with Kapa’a hosting Kalani in JV and varsity matches, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Waimea’s JV team faces Kalani at 10 a.m. at the Clem Gomes Gymnasium. The varsity contest commences 20 minutes after the completion of the JV scrimmage. At 7 p.m., Waimea and Kailua will face off to conclude the weekend’s contests.

. Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco.com.

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