Kapa‘a dominates over Kaua‘i

Kapa‘a 51, Kaua‘i 27

At the end of the first round of the girls basketball season, Kapa‘a High School’s coach Terry Maguire said she was looking for the team that was “gelling.”

With two big wins so far in the second one (last week against Waimea High School and against Kaua‘i High School last night), how does Maguire feel about its 51-27 win over Kaua‘i?

“We might have won by a lot of points, but we still don’t look they way I want us to look yet,” she said. “We still aren’t making the money shots, we’ve had too many turnovers, we still need to work on our passing.”

Maybe so, but Kapa‘a dominated the entire game, starting early in the first quarter. Kapa‘a outscored Kaua‘i 12 to two. Kaua‘i’s lone field goal in the first quarter came from Kathleen Cadiente.

The Warriors took off in the second quarter, at one time holding a 24-point lead. They ended the half, 29-12.

By the end of the third, Kaua‘i had improved by 7, while Kapa‘a scored 12.

Kapa‘a then increased its lead in the fourth by 28 points, finishing them off at 51-27.

Kapa‘a Poe Gantt was the team’s leading scorer of the night with 18 points and six rebounds. Teammate Brittney Carvalho had eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Mailika Napoleon scored seven points, six rebounds and had two assists.

Lehua McCabe had five points and seven rebounds.

Kaua‘i’s leading player of the game was Cadiente who finished the game with eight points and four rebounds.

Kapa‘a travels to Waimea High School this Friday. Maguire said she isn’t taking that game lightly.

“Waimea’s still going to be tough. We’re not counting them out,” she said.

The varsity girls game follows the 5:45 p.m. junior varsity game.

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