Kapa‘a drops Kaua‘i

Kapa‘a 67, Kaua‘i 32

KAPA‘A — Once Kapa‘a High School’s girls basketball team snagged a 14-point lead in the first quarter, they never looked back. In the final game of regular season play, the second round champion Warriors outplayed and outscored the Raiders of Kaua‘i High School, defeating them 67, 32.

Kaua‘i struck first scoring on two plays, but Kapa‘a answered with 6 points. Then Kapa‘a’s Brittney Carvalho scored her first 2 points and intercepted a Kaua‘i pass for another basket. By the end of the first, Kapa‘a was up 20-6.

Kapa‘a extended its lead in the second with a score of 35-14 going into the half.

Kaua‘i got a slight boost from Kira Taylon and Carie Inouye when both of them banked a pair of 3-pointers. Inouye hit two free throws also to add to keep Kaua‘i on the boards.

But Kapa‘a’s lead continued to grow, ending the third quarter at 45-22. Then, Kapa‘a took off in the fourth, outscoring Kaua‘i 22 to 20.

Kaua‘i was nearly kept scoreless in the final quarter until Kori Masuda was able to bank two baskets for 4 points.

In the end, all Kaua‘i’s efforts just couldn’t hold up to Kapa‘a as it finished with a 35-point difference.

Kapa‘a had three players score 10 or more points. Poe Gantt posted 20 points and six rebounds. Mailika Napoleon had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Kieren Pond also had 10 points and five rebounds.

Kaua‘i’s Inouye finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Teammate Masuda finished with 9 points.

Kapa‘a next plays Waimea High School this Tuesday, in Waimea, for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation title and the state championship berth.

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