Kaua‘i, Kapa‘a battle it out

First-round champion Kapa‘a is breathing new life in round two after a 56-50 win on Saturday against Waimea, who is now 1-1 in the second round.

The Warriors sit at 1-2 and the Red Raiders, who Kapa‘a plays on Tuesday, are 1-1 in the second round.

Kapa‘a definitely has the edge in the paint against the Red Raiders, but Kaua‘i holds down the better backcourt, led by senior and reigning KIF girls player of the year, Rachel Taira.

Kapa‘a and Kaua‘i battled in a close contest during their first matchup, but the Warriors took over when the two teams met up last week.

Kapa‘a is led by Kennilyn Nakamura, Michelle Toy, Poe Gantt, Brittney Carvalho, Mailika Napoleon, April Johnson and Kieren Pond.

In the meantime, Kaua‘i is paced by Taira, Carie Inouye, Ho‘onani Dennis, Darcie Allianic, Tahnee Shigematsu and Tamalyn Hasegawa.

Kaua‘i could eliminate Kapa‘a from second-round contention with a victory on Tuesday.

A Kapa‘a win would put them back in the hunt for the second-round crown.

The Kapa‘a JV team already captured the KIF championship. JV action kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The varsity contest starts 20 minutes after the completion of the JV game.


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