With Kapa’a losing two straight, the door is now wide open for the Red Raiders and Menehune, who each sit at 1-0 in second round play.
Both teams battle on Tuesday at the Raiderdome, with the second round title on the line.
The winner will make a strong case for the second round championship.
Waimea trounced Kapa’a last week, mainly because they stepped up their intensity level.
The Warriors, who are the first round champions, have fallen apart and need to find a way to climb back into the race.
But Kapa’a has the luxury of having a ticket to the KIF title game, if Kaua’i or Waimea runs away with the second round crown.
Kaua’i utilized a strong effort by its big three, Rachel Taira, Ho’onani Dennis, and Carie Inouye.
The three sharpshooters have proven that if you throw a zone defense at them, they’ll kill you with trifectas.
Dennis leads the KIF in made three-pointers and Taira is close behind, witih Inouye holding down the third spot.
In the meantime, Waimea is led by freshman sensation Natalie Mata, Moani Durant, and Anna Jacinto.
Mata had a breakout game with a career-high 25 points against the Warriors last week.
Kaua’i and Waimea split contests in the first round, with the Menehune taking the first game and the Red Raiders bouncing back and winning the second contest.
The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with varsity action beginning 20 minutes after the completion of the JV contest.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.