Westside drops 2; Warriors-Volt win

KALAHEO — Eight of the 11 girls on the Ao‘uka Rebels tickled the twine on Monday night during the Extreme Termite basketball games at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Zylah Blackstad found six of her eight points in the final quarter, and Skylyn Fagarang dropped four of her six points to lead the Rebels to a 31-11 win over the Westside B team in the first of three games in the night.

Xyrah Kua joined the Westside B in the final 16 minutes of play, leading the blueshirts with five points — her only marks in the game.

Lilly Kaohulauli‘i finished with four points, all dropping in the opening quarter when Westside took the lead, 4-2.

The Rebels answered with an 8-2 run before the break on balanced scoring from Fagarang, Blackstad, Priscilla Matthews and Cece Baliaris before making a statement, 21-5, in the final quarter.

Joining the scoring leaders, Mikylah Labanon, Sophia Badua ended with four points each, Cairee Quinones ended with three, Matthews, Cheyley Jacobs and Baliaris each found a pair.

Olivia Malafu poured in 16 points, 10 coming in the final quarter, to lead the Dream Team to a 32-18 win over the Westside A team, and Lele Gonzalez was surprised that despite her efforts on both sides of the ball, finished with 10 points — eight coming in the final stanza.

The Dream’s swing forward, Lilinoe Ka‘aihue Paopao, was held to just a pair by the torrid defense put on by the Westside A.

“We lost to the Dream Team by just one point,” said John Quinones, the Rebels’ coach who joined the spectators in watching the match unfold. “Westside got the inside game closed off so the Dream is taking everything from the outside.”

The Westside A’s defensive effort was spearheaded by Sky Ripley who, in addition to being a key defender, led the Westside effort with 14 points. The second low post was anchored by Tavina Harris who ended the night with a pair.

Daesen Martinez netted 10 points and Kahi Apao added eight points to lead the TL Warriors-Volt to a 23-15 showing over the TL Warriors-Blue in the final game of the night, the start of the boys playoffs.

John Vincent-Sibuma scored 10 points to lead the Warriors-Blue effort.

The Extreme Termite basketball league enters its final week of play on Monday with playoffs at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Final matches are next Thursday, the eve of public high school graduations.

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