Meatballs score first win; Ballers undefeated

KALAHEO — Liona Hasegawa scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Meatballs to its first win of the season Sunday.

The former Waimea High School guard dropped two of the team’s five three-point bombs en route to its 53-37 win over Team 808 in the first of two games played in the Kauai Youth Basketball Association 18 and Over women’s summer league.

During the second matchup, #Ballout lost 44-41 to the Kauai Ballers, its second loss to the team led by player-coach Jessi Aki, who led the team with 15 points.

Trailing 29-15 at the half, #Ballout chipped away and took the lead 41-40. But the Kauai Ballers scored the final four points to preserve their undefeated status.

The Meatballs got nine points from Virginia Aguilar and seven points from Sunshine Kuhlmann and Robin Hoopii-Manuel. Hoopii-Manuel punched the button on one of the team’s five treys, the other coming from Cheyanne Duarte.

Team 808, trailing throughout the game, got 13 points from Paige Connelly and nine from sister Erin Connelly, including one of the team’s three treys. Kira Taylan launched one trey in the opening quarter and Kayla Perez launched one in the final frame.

Following Aki’s lead in the Kauai Ballers’ victory, Reggie McCabe ended with 11 points followed by Joy Claypoole with eight points.

Natalie Mata topped the #Ballout scoring on 17 points, including three-balls in the first, third and fourth quarters, followed by Casey Anacleto with 11 points. Low-post Cherisse Rapozo added six points.

There will be one game Friday at the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapaa.

Playoffs for the women’s summer league start Aug. 2.

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