Kagawa lights Heat’s fire

KALAHEO — Malia Kagawa picked up a loose ball that rolled across the floor, and before Wailua could set up, lofted the sphere to break a 4-0 first period deficit.

Kagawa went on to fire a pair from beyond the arc en route to picking up team-high 10 points in Island Heat’s 27-20 win over Wailua at the county’s 12 and Under girls basketball league Monday night.

The rains pelted the metal roof of the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center as Island Heat went on to outscore Wailua 12-0 in the second period, Kagawa netting 8 points in that frame.

Outside the gym, there was concern over the rising water from an overflowing court-yard, but Wailua came back in the third frame to outgun Island Heat 6-4 behind buckets from Makamae Higa and Kaira Kupihea.

Wailua was able to mount a final period effort 5-3, but fell short at the buzzer. Kupihea led the final frame with a bucket with Kamalei Higa helping with a charity pair.

Erin Navarro’s scrappy play helped Kagawa’s point lead, Navarro finishing the night with 7 points followed by Jennifer Grady adding five. Jazzy Curtis and Teal Basquez ended with pairs and a digit from Kayla Perez rounded out the Island Heat win.

Kupihea was held to 6 points throughout the contest, in part due to an injured ankle. Kamalei and Makamae Higa each finished with four points followed by Tiore Daligcon, Tori Waialeale-Batad, and Jamie Iwasaki each adding pairs.

Malu Vegas ripped a trey in the final frame and buckets from Mia Cabulisan and Megan Wong helped Ha’aheo outgun the Westside Hornets 7-2.

But the effort fell short at the buzzer as the Hornets wrapped up a 20-18 win behind 10 points scored by Rea Accorda.

Shayne Alop and Cheyenne Duarte each added 4 points and a pair from Patria Tagavilla rounded out the Hornets’ victory.

Vegas, who fired a pair of treys in the second half, topped the Ha’aheo scoring with 10 points followed by Wong finishing with four. Michaela Rapozo and Cabulisan each ended with pairs to round out the pink shorts’ scoring.

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