Lagazo, Werner hone Kaulupono edge

KALAHEO — Hanna Delaney was a good addition to the Lihu‘e Kamikaze team.

Delaney is visiting from Alaska and, as she did last summer, got connected with Kamikaze coach Kevin Hanano to play basketball during her family’s stay here, Hanano said

Despite capable play on both sides of the ball, Delaney was able to take just a pair out of the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center as the Kamikaze dropped 51-36 to Kaulupono Girls in an 18 and Under make up game, Wednesday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Kaulupono opened strong and kept the pressure on the ball throughout the night, relying on the quickness of its guards and the height of Kayla Werner in the paint to notch its scores.

Werner finished with 13 points along with point guard Vakeesha Lagazo in the win.

The Kamikaze, playing strong defense in an effort at containing the Kaulupono possessions, could not spread out across the court, but got a dozen points from Kayla Perez on offense.

Kawehi Louis Diamond, playing in games almost every night this week, was contained to just a pair, those two points coming off free throws in the second period.

Following Perez, Lauren James rolled in six points including a 4-7 showing at the free throw line. Liam Gregoria finished with four second-half points and Lacey Lucas was contained to just a 3-point bomb in the final frame by the Kaulupono defense.

With the scoring accounted for on the outside and on second efforts and low posting, Kaulupono concentrated on timing rebounds on free throws as coach Bobby Kamakele called out the cues from the bench.

Cheyanne Duarte, finishing with just two second-half field goals, had the throw-ins as her main priority and was able to get the ball inside despite the strong Kamikaze pressure.

Kathleen Cadiente and Janessa Grady both finished with 6 points each, Grady getting hers in the first three periods before sitting out the rest of the game after being knocked to the floor late in the third quarter.

Kelsey Cadiente finished with all of her three points coming in the second half and Arrisa Thronas finished with three points before fouling out at the 1:52 mark.

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