KAPA‘A — Poe Gantt’s game high 25 points and eight rebounds, combined with aggressive teamwork from Jondi Das, Leilani Laranio and Destiny Smith, lifted Kapa‘a High School over Kaua‘i High School last night, 55-46.
“We just wanted to win and show how much we worked this week,” Gantt said. “We want to get ready for Waimea when we play them again.”
Nearly all the girls who got playing time came up with points. Laranio had 11 points Das had seven points and seven rebounds, Sarah Tangalin also hit seven points and Mailika Napoleon had nine.
Smith came up with seven rebounds.
Kapa‘a’s Britney Carvahlo played solid defense and came up with two major blocks.
“They were sharing the ball a lot more and as soon as we started hitting those money shots, we got rolling,” said Kapa‘a head coach Terry Maguire.
But they weren’t without resistance. In the first half, both schools were going neck and neck. Kaua‘i held a narrow, one-point lead at half time.
“These guys (Kaua‘i) were hitting it. They were getting the three-pointers and we had to go man to man,” Maguire said.
That all changed in the third quarter when Kapa‘a scored 21 points to Kaua‘i’s eight.
“To me, we stopped locking out,” said Kaua‘i head coach Angela Lopez. “We started out aggressively and then we got a little tentative.”
Kaua‘i’s big scorers for the night were Monique Flore with 11 points, Kira Taylon with eight and Wailana Borrero with seven. Kathleen Cadiente and Krystal Ijima both had six points.