Team 808, Kauai Ballers battle for title Friday

The Kauai Ballers will face Team 808 for the title of the KYBA 18 and Over Women’s summer league Friday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Team 808 took advantage of two key players being absent during the playoffs, and behind the 16-point contribution from Kristle Henry locked in one of the slots for the title game with a 59-34 win over #Ballout Friday night at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Natalie Mata and Casey Anacleto, two key scoring guards for #Ballout, were off-island and despite the efforts of the remaining squad, came up short against Team 808.

Overall, Team 808 peeled off 19 field goals to #Ballout’s nine, was 6-for-10 at the free throw line compared with 4-for-8 by #Ballout, and launched five 3-point balls compared to the four by #Ballout.

Kayla Perez, getting 11 points in the win, pushed the button on two treys in the third quarter. Paige Connelly, one of the Team 808 low posts, marked nine points in the win. Kristyn Lorita opened the book on the three-ball, firing off one in the first quarter. Aiko Grande and Erin Connelly each marked a three-ball in the fourth frame.

Carie Inouye and Brianna Ramos topped the #Ballout with eight and seven points, respectively, Inouye getting two of the four treys in the third quarter. Mei-Ling Keopuhiwa fired off two treys, one in the second and one in the third frames.

The Kauai Ballers clinched the second spot for the title game with a 74-43 showing over the Meatballs, keeping its undefeated record intact.

Jessi Aki, Kauai Ballers’ player-coach, topped the scoreboard with 22 points, including netting two of the team’s four thee-point balls in the opening frame.

Overall, the Kauai Ballers put away 26 field goals while holding the Meatballs to just eight, peeled off 10-for-14 from the free throw line to the Meatballs’ 3-for-4 showing, and marked four three-pointers to the Meatballs’ eight.

Lauren Claypoole followed Aki in the scoring with 18 points followed by Joy Claypoole and Reggie McCabe each netting 13 points.

Liona Hasegawa topped the Meatballs’ effort with 17 points followed by Shae Tavita and Robyn Hoopii-Manuel with eight points each.

Hasegawa notched five of the Meatballs’ eight treys.

#Ballout and the Meatballs battle for third place starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center followed by Team 808 and the Kauai Ballers going for the title in the 7 p.m. tipoff.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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