Lunas defeat Na Alii
PUKALANI – Lahainaluna High School girls basketball coach Todd Rickard holds his team to pretty high standards.
He didn’t feel they were reached Friday, despite a 56-24 victory over King Kekaulike in a Maui Interscholastic League game at Na Alii’s gym.
When asked if he was happy with his team’s performance, Rickard said: “No. Impatient, bad passes, not moving the ball, not moving without the ball, defensively we need to be in the passing lanes and missed layups.”
He did have positives: “We won the game,” and “We played hard.”
Keleah-Aiko Koloi scored 11 points and Loke Basques added 10 for the Lunas (5-0), who won their 92nd consecutive league game.
Lahainaluna led 15-0 after the first quarter behind a full-court man-to-man defense. The Lunas forced 13 turnovers in the quarter and 34 for the game.
“They live and die by the press and they do it very well,” said King Kekaulike coach Cy Peters. “Lahainaluna wants to get you into the running game because that’s their strength. We have 11 kids, we play about seven and it’s hard to deal with that kind of pressure.”
The first field goal by Na Alii (4-2) was a layup by Brandi Carillo 30 seconds into the second quarter.
Karlee Peters scored five points to lead King Kekaulike, which was 4-of-26 from the field in the first half, but went 5-of-13 in the second.
“I like the work ethic tonight,” Peters said “They’ve been working hard. Lahainaluna is the bar the rest of the MIL is trying to reach. My girls didn’t quit. They fought till the end and that’s what we’re looking for.”
The 30-point mercy-rule running clock went into effect after Folau Hafoka’s field goal put Lahainaluna ahead 44-13 in the third quarter.
“Our main focus today was defense,” Koloi said. “We have to learn how to cut them off. We need to make sure to cover our man and zones and make sure we have backside help.”
Fiemea Hafoka added nine points and Taylor Bates and Folau Hafoka each had eight for the Lunas, who finished 18-of-38 from the field, but committed 24 turnovers.
“We just played our game,” Lahainaluna’s Lindsey Bates said. “We played good defense. We didn’t really do too good on offense.”
The Lunas entered the game with an average margin of victory of 50.8 points per game.
Rickard appeared to be most frustrated with his team’s half-court offense.
“If we don’t have a layup we have to set up in our half-court set and we were impatient in that and it cost us some points,” he said.
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Mina Faaumu 2, Fiemea Hafoka 9, Taylor Bates 8, Kyla Blando 0, Loke Basques 10, Keleah-Aiko Koloi 11, Lisa Hafoka 0, Lindsey Bates 4, Aloha Salem 4, Folau Hafoka 8, Kalo Uhila 0.
KING KEKAULIKE (24)
Maile Naito 4, Brooks Carillo 3, Dasya Tavares 4, Brandi Carillo 4, Keiolani Falcum 0, Karlee Peters 5, Sylvania Amor 4.
Lahainaluna ……. 15 ….. 23 ….. 12 ….. 6-56
King Kekaulike ….. 0 ….. 10 ……. 9 ….. 5-24