Team Lihu‘e closes Div. 1 with win; split in Div. 2
Marissa Layosa dropped nine points and Resa Rapozo added six points to lead Team Lihu‘e to a 20-14 edge over Kaulupono in the only Division 1 (third, fourth and fifth grade) girls basketball game Saturday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
Rapozo netted all her buckets in the first period, getting six of the team’s eight points for the early lead.
Khye Serapio topped the Kaulupono scoring with four points followed by Braelyn Cayaban and D’Anndra Hegen, who finished with three points each.
According to Karen Matsumoto of the Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association who helps the county Department of Parks and Recreation host the youth basketball games, the Team Lihu‘e and Kaulupono match was the final Division 1 girls game for this season.
Following that game, Division 2 (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) unfurled three games starting with Team Lihu‘e Black soaring to a 52-25 win over the Kaua‘i Ballers.
Sierra Neves dropped a game-high 12 points followed by Kealani Neves and Ashley Lucas netting eight points each in the win.
Lose Masaniai topped the Kaua‘i Ballers scoring with seven points followed by Tamare Daligcon-Pomaikai ending with six points in the effort.
But the Team Lihu‘e streak was broken in the second of three Division 2 games when Jaliyah Casem of Hanakila, a North Shore team comprised primarily of girls in the Hanalei and Kilauea area, dropped 11 points to lead Hanakila to a 32-27 edge over Team Lihu‘e Red, who got 12 points from Marissa Layosa (making her second appearance of the day on the court).
Angelica Cudiamat helped the Hanakila win with nine points while Tiana Manera helped Team Lihu‘e Red with 10 points.
Monique Tomacder and Lila Hearn each bucketed eight points to lead the Kamikaze to a 41-8 win over the Seacats, who got seven points from Alexis Warnock, the younger sister of Island School standout Autumn Warnock.
The county’s boys Division 3 (seventh and eighth grades) take the floor Monday with three games starting at 6 p.m. at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
The Ballers 1 tip off against Lihu‘e Black in the 6 p.m. opener followed by Ballers 2 going up against Lihu‘e Red in a 7 p.m. match. Central Silver closes the night against Papalina in the 8 p.m. nightcap.
The girls take the floor at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center Tuesday with two games starting with the Kamikaze going up against Kaulupono 1 at 6 p.m. followed by the Seacats facing Kaulupono 2 in the 7 p.m. tipoff.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.