BAM, Team 808 advance to KYBA finals

KALAHEO — Kristle Henry of Team 808 fired off 31 points Monday night at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center to advance the blueshirts to the division finals of the Women’s 18 and Over summer basketball league.

She notched eight field goals and finished 15-for-21 at the free throw line to lead Team 808 to a 67-56 win. 

An early game injury to guard Janessa Grady pushed Henry onto the floor to do double-duty, Henry, the perky guard for the Kaua‘i High School program, fired off a battery of buckets and pushed the card on tight quarter defense over a tenacious Shakers squad.

Coming from a 13-9 first quarter deficit, Team 808 managed a 24-22 lead at the half, aided by a three-point bomb, one of three launched by Team 808, and a bucket from Erin Connelly.

Erin was one of three Team 808 players who finished with seven points below Henry’s lead, being joined by Kelsey Cadiente and Aiko Grande, Cadiente notching a trey in the final frame.

Casey Anacleto, another guard from the Red Raider program, finished with five points including the third three-ball for Team 808. Paige Connelly, Erin’s younger sister, added four, Kori Sakamoto finished with three and a second-half pair from Kathleen Cadiente, Kelsey’s older sister, rounded out the evening.

Shaker guard Ashley Mier fired off a three-ball in the opening stanza, one of two notched by the yellowshirts, and was joined by field goals from Kailana Soto, Janna Soto, Ana Jacinto and Robyn Ho‘opi‘i-Manuel in its 19-3 opening quarter, the only period where they outscored Team 808.

Center Noe Perreira finished with eight points of her 12 points in the final quarter to lead the Shakers’ scoring followed by Jacinto and Ho‘opi‘i-Manuel adding nine points each, seven coming in the first half for both girls and Jacinto marking the second three-ball for the Shakers.

Mier finished with seven points, Cissy Dennis, Janna Soto and Farren Higley each had four points.

Kailana Soto finished with three and pairs from Josey Jacinto and Reesha Banasihan rounded out the effort.

With the loss, the Shakers face the Tundaz, victim of the top-seeded BAM, Thursday night for third place in the division.

Mei-Ling Keopuhiwa and Natalie Mata had off 16 points apiece and Sanoe Kaohelauli‘i added 10 points to lead BAM to its 59-34 win over Tundaz, the BAM redshirts taking off on the tipoff and never looking back from a 41-22 halftime lead.

Belinda Butac and Marycel Garcia paced the Tundaz’s effort on notes of 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Tipoff for the third place match is 6 p.m., Thursday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center followed by the division finals between BAM and Team 808 starting at 7 p.m.

The Kaua‘i Summer Youth Basketball league is hosted by the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association and the County of Kaua‘i.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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