Kapa‘a presses Kaua‘i, 49-26

KAPA‘A — The Lady Warriors remained undefeated on the young 2010 girls basketball season with a 49-26 win over the Kaua‘i Red Raiders, Friday night at the Kapa‘a High School Gym.

Ala McCabe was the Lady Warriors’ leading scorer with 11 points — including three 3-pointers — followed by Tori Tuttle’s 10 and Justine Holt’s six.

11 players scored in the game for Kapa‘a.

Kaua‘i’s Kristle Henry led all scorers with 13. Janessa Grady had eight and Lacey Lucas had four for the Raiders.

As it has been so far this season, Kapa‘a’s main weapon has been its full-court trap. Once again, it managed to come up with a number of steals off the press and converted them into easy buckets.

The Raiders played a solid opening quarter, keeping the game tight and not allowing Kapa‘a chances to get going in transition. The Warriors got a 3-pointer from McCabe and ended the period with a 9-6 advantage.

McCabe knocked down another from long range to open the second, followed immediately by Mahea Hanie with a triple of her own to give Kapa‘a a nine-point lead.

The Warriors got two steals off the press, each leading to layups to force a Kaua‘i timeout with the score 19-7.

At the 1:58 mark of the second quarter, Kaua‘i’s Kelsey Cadiente suffered an apparent left ankle injury that ended her night after she released a jumper and came down on a Kapa‘a defender’s foot. She was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair and returned with ice on her left foot.

Kapa‘a’s Kira Nakamura took two charges in the second quarter to thwart Kaua‘i drive attempts and the Lady Warriors held a 24-12 lead at halftime.

They extended that lead using a 12-0 run to start the third, thanks to strong play from Reggie McCabe.

The Raiders would not quit and rattled off a 7-0 run of their own, using a 3-pointer from Janessa Grady and two buckets from Henry to make the score 36-19.

The teams played mostly evenly in the final quarter, with the crowd giving a loud cheer as the ball found one referee, who supplied an unintentional header back into play.

In the night’s opening JV contest, Kaua‘i came away with a 43-25 win, thanks to 21 points from Casey Anacleto and 15 from Alyssa Vegas.

Britnee Balonick was the high scorer for Kapa‘a with 12, followed by Krystal Christian’s seven.

The Raiders outscored the Lady Warriors 22-8 in the second and third quarters combined, putting the game out of reach.

Kapa‘a struggled mightily from the free-throw line, shooting 1 for 17 as a team. Kaua‘i was much more successful, going 9 for 12.

In a JV exhibition contest, the Island School Voyagers topped the Waimea Lady Menehune 38-11 at the Waimea High School Gym.

Kaua‘i will take on the Waimea Lady Menehune this Tuesday, with JV starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i High School Gym, with varsity to follow.

Kapa‘a varsity is off until Friday, with the JV playing Island School in an exhibition game, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Island School.

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