Kauai girls edge Waimea in 2nd round opener

LIHUE — The Red Raider girls narrowly edged the Menehune to begin the season’s second round.

Kauai High School’s varsity girls basketball team defeated Waimea High School, 49-45, Tuesday evening in Lihue.

Kauai (5-0 KIF, 1-0 2nd round) led at the half, 24-17. Red Raiders sophomore guard Marissa Layosa scored seven points in the opening period.

Waimea (2-3 KIF, 0-1 2nd round) then scored a game-high 19 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one point. Menehune senior guard Kiarra Palacio and freshman guard Kaye Serapio led with eight and six points, respectively, in the period.

Kauai High edged Waimea in the final period and outscored the opponent, 12-9. Half of those Red Raiders points in the fourth quarter were scored at the free throw line.

Serapio scored all nine points in that final quarter for Waimea.

Senior center Taegan Keep led the Red Raiders with 14 points. Layosa had 11 points, and freshman guard Amalya Sales had 12.

Serapio scored a game-high 19 points for Waimea. Palacio totaled 14 points. Menehune senior guard Monique Lorenzo had nine.

Kauai also won the junior varsity game over Waimea, 47-36. Hillary Carlos and Jessica Cezar each scored eight points for the JV Red Raiders. Brae Cabayan scored a game-high 20 points for the JV Menehune.

Waimea High School will host Kapaa (0-4 KIF) on Friday. The JV game will begin 5:30 p.m. and the varsity will follow.

Kauai High will next play at Kapaa High School on Jan. 9.

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