Palacio, Gonsalves hot in summer hoops

Nicole Palacio and Kekai Gonsalves are on fire.

Palacio, playing with the Waimea JV girls team during the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation, set the pace for Kaulupono in its 51-27 showing over Team Lihu‘e, Monday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Similarly, Gonsalves, playing for the Kapa‘a JV girls squad, fueled the Kaua‘i Ballers’ 51-16 win over the Kamikaze in the second of two Girls 14 Under matches played in the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association and the County of Kaua‘i Summer Youth Basketball program.

Palacio netted a game-high 20 points with Waimea freshman Taylor Gaspar adding 11 points in the Kaulupono win.

Marissa Martinez and Rianna Ralston, incoming freshman in the fall, set the pace for Team Lihu‘e with seven and six points, respectively.

Gonsalves fired up the Kaua‘i Ballers with 13 points followed by Ariel Cummings and Sierra Shigematsu, whose brother Sean Michael plays for the University of Hawai‘i Warrior football program, each netting eight points.

Sheryl Ann Tomas and Siokapesi Paua led the Kamikaze effort with seven and five points, respectively.

KYBA next hosts three games Thursday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center starting at 6 p.m.

The Kaua‘i Ballers open against Team Lihu‘e in the first of two Boys 14 Under matches at 6 p.m. followed by Hanakila taking on the West Kaua‘i Hornets at 7 p.m.

The finale will see the Kaua‘i Ballers 18 and Over Men tangle with the Bus Drivers starting at 8 p.m.


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