Waimea back on winning track

Waimea 51, Kaua‘i 37

WAIMEA — Josey Jacinto sank a near half-court shot at the buzzer to give Waimea High School just what they needed to get the lead over Kaua‘i High School going into half-time.

“I just kept hearing my teammates shout “Shoot! Shoot!,” Jacinto said.

The Waimea senior was credited with three points to bring the Menehune to 27-24.

But prior to that, the two schools were right with each other. Kaua‘i held the lead twice in the second quarter. It was the third quarter that got to them.

Waimea outscored them 16 to 7 in the third. It was something not uncommon to Kaua‘i head coach Angela Lopez.

“The third quarters have been haunting us all season,” said Lopez. “There have been multiple time where we’ve had opportunities but just weren’t able to take advantage of them.”

Lopez has been working on getting her team to finish a whole game strongly, but hasn’t seen it just yet.

“We’ve been working on it, but obviously we need to work on it more,” she said.

Jacinto finished the game with 6 points and 8 rebounds in Waimea’s 51-37 win.

Waimea’s Moani Durant posted 14 points and 3 rebounds, while teammate Cheri Kua was one rebound shy of a double-double. Kua finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Erin Connelly scored eight points.

Carrie Innouye was Kaua‘i’s big scorer of the night, leading the team with 14 points. Teammate Kathleen Cadiente followed with 9.

Kaua‘i hosts Kapa‘a High School this Tuesday.

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