Island Heat singed by Angels; Ha‘aheo flies over Kamakazes

bered six to ten, but never gave up.

The Island Heat squad could rely on a one-person bench while the Gee’s Angels turned to its depth to fly past the greenshirts 43-8 in the third of three games played Wednesday night in Kalaheo.

That led Island Heat to concentrate on defense throughout the game as the Angels built their opening lead on the speed of its guards as Mahea Hanie-Grace combined with the put-back-ability of Reggie McCabe to start with a 4-0 period.

Island Heat could not capitalize on any bucket until the second period with Jennifer Grady got a rousing support from Island Heat fans on her bucket in traffic.

Grady went on to add a bomb from outside the three-point line in the fifth period en route to notching 5 points in the effort. The remaining 3 points came from Taylor Garcia who got a field goal and a charity point in the fifth period.

Faced with Angel low post anchors Lauren Claypoole and Bristy Ann Agu alternating between periods, the Island Heat kept pushing, but was limited to outside shots.

Hanie-Grace topped the Angels’ scoring with a game-high 10 points followed by Claypoole netting 9 points from the inside. McCabe finished with 7 points and guard Kristle Henry showed why “Speedy” is emblazoned across her back by netting 6 points with her speed.

Lacey Lucas got all 4 points for the Lihu‘e Kamakazes in its 23-4 showing against Ha‘aheo in the county’s 12 and Under girls league.

The strong and quick Ha‘aheo team limited the Kamakazes throughout the game while getting balanced scoring from six of its 10 players.

Machaela Rapozo topped the pinkshirts’ scoring with 6 points followed by Malu Vegas and Makana Fujimoto chipping in 5 and 4 points, respectively. Maegan Wong, Mia Cabulisan and Caitlyn Rapozo each finished with a pair in Game 1.

Cortney Higa came up with a bomb from beyond the three-point circle for Wailua, but the smaller girls were victimized by Kaulupono 33-11 in Game 2.

Vakeesha Lagazo, snaring a trey, scored all of her game-high 9 points in the opening frame, combining with Sanoe Kaohelaulii’s bucket for an 11-2 lead off the opening tip.

Kaohelaulii went on to finish with 8 points followed by Cheyanne Duarte adding 6 points in the win.

Shayna Alop and Krista Kali each netted 4 points and Paige Connelly and Rea Pictado finished with pairs for Kaulupono.

Higa had high point honors for Wailua with 6 points followed by Kekai Gonsalves and Padre finishing with pairs. Aliyah Cummings added a point in the effort.

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