Lunas push MIL streak to 84 games
LAHAINA – The final regular-season matchup between the Lahainaluna High School and Maui High girls basketball teams did not go according to plan for the Sabers.
Maui High, which had led Lahainaluna at halftime in the teams’ previous meeting earlier this month, was outmatched on Friday at the Lahaina Civic Center, losing 63-14.
“I really felt that we prepared the girls for tonight’s game,” said Sabers coach Gilbert Silva. “I thought we would’ve done better, but for whatever reason we obviously didn’t. This was one of our worst games.”
Petiola Tuakoi and Keleah-Aiko Koloi each scored nine points for the Lunas (11-0), who won their 84th straight Maui Interscholastic League game.
Lahainaluna, which had already clinched the MIL Division I regular-season title and a state-tournament berth, led 44-7 at halftime, and pressed for nearly the entire game.
“This game we had to come out with energy and play hard,” said the Lunas’ Taylor Bates. “Coach told us we had to pound them with our defense.”
The Sabers were held to two points in the second quarter, when they committed 17 turnovers.
“We made bad passes, but it’s not that we didn’t practice,”
Silva said. “You’ve got to give credit to Lahaina, they came ready to play and put a lot of pressure on us.”
Lahainaluna has won its league games this season by an average of 40.9 points.
“We’re just trying to prepare for states,” Lunas coach Todd Rickard said. “We know when we get there the competition is going to be really tough, so that’s all we’re doing.”
Rickard said his team has room for improvement, noting turnovers and missed layups. He also said Bates, who scored five points Friday, will need to be a key offensive threat.
“She needs to be more consistent and a little more aggressive,” Rickard said. “Because a lot of the teams on Oahu are a lot bigger. So she needs to use her quickness and penetrate, and get a lot of other people involved.”
Christina Lotulelei scored six points for the Sabers (8-3), whose only losses this season are to the Lunas.
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MAUI HIGH (14)
Jasmine Cabajar 0, Liana Tanaka 0, Jordyn Vega 4, Trina Valencia 0, Jamilyn Tamura 0, Jo’voni Shimabukuro 0, Kuulei Bailey 2, Jenicca Tamura 2, Nicole Pagan-Eldredge 0, Brittnie Suda-Molina 0, Emma Hanlon 0, Christina Lotulelei 6.
Mina Faamu 5, Taylor Bates 5, Fiemea Hafoka 6, Jade Chihara 8, Loke Basques 6, Keleah Akio-Koloi 9, Lindsey Bates 5, Misha Whitehead 0, Andilyn Alavazo 6, Kayla Blando 2, Amanda Matsuda 2, Petiola Tuakoi 9.
Maui High ………. 5 ……. 2 ….. 5 …….. 2-14
Lahainaluna ….. 20 ….. 24 ….. 4 ….. 15-63