Bears beat Warriors in three OTs
KIHEI – The Baldwin High School girls water polo team is getting used to playing overtime.
Five days after losing in four overtimes to Lahainaluna, the Bears earned a state berth and another shot against the Lunas.
Baldwin beat Kamehameha Maui 11-10 in three overtimes in the semifinals of the Maui Interscholastic League tournament when Alea Weber put away a rebound with 1 minute, 24 seconds left in sudden death.
The crowd of about 300 fans at Kihei Aquatic Center went wild when Weber’s shot found the back of the net after a ricochet on a shot by Khaila Boneza went right to Weber.
“That was probably one of the best matches I have ever played in,” Weber said. “It was a great match. We pulled together – it was just all out. They came out super strong, it was so much fun.”
Leiamana Hassett scored for Kamehameha with 45 seconds to go in regulation to tie the match at 8-8.
The first of two automatic overtimes was scoreless.
Baldwin’s Leyla Anderson scored 29 seconds into the second three-minute overtime, before Hassett scored to tie the match at 9-9 with 1:09 on the clock.
Baldwin’s Mae Karalius made a steal and fed Anderson, who found a wide-open Weber in front of the goal. Weber, who finished with five goals, put it away to give Baldwin a 10-9 lead with 30 seconds left.
Hassett scored the last of her six goals on a 5-meter penalty shot with six seconds left to send the game to sudden death.
The third overtime was more than half over when Boneza fired and hit the crossbar before the rebound bounced to Weber.
The Bears and Lunas will meet for the MIL tournament title today at 5 p.m. at the KAC.
A Baldwin win would force a championship playoff between the two state-bound teams on Friday.
Baldwin coach Chris Calvert was relieved to get by Kamehameha.
“I said from the beginning of the season that it was going to be a three-way race for the two (state) berths and tonight proved it,” he said.
Kamehameha coach Ashley Miller was proud of the way her team fought.
“It was amazing and the girls on both teams brought their best,” she said. “It was all that a coach could ask for.”
Lahainaluna 11, Seabury Hall 7
At Kihei Aquatic Center, the Lunas advanced to the tournament final with a win over the Spartans in a match that was tied 4-4 at halftime.
Lalelei Mataafa scored four goals, while Julia Bianco and Courtney Galarita each had two for Lahainaluna.
Sabrina Altman and Kyle Sullivan each had three goals for the Seabury Hall.
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BALDWIN 11 KAMEHAMEHA 10, 3OTs
Baldwin ….. 1 ….. 3 ….. 1 ….. 3 ….. 0 ….. 2 ….. 1-11
KS Maui ….. 2 ….. 1 ….. 1 ….. 4 ….. 0 ….. 2 ….. 0-10
Goal scorers-Baldwin: Alea Weber 5, Leyla Anderson 2, Kendra Bean 1, Talia Brainard 1, Khaila Boneza 1, Sheena Obregon 1; Kamehameha Maui: Kaimana Hassett 6, Mia Czerwinski 2, Mical Ventura-Estrella 2.
LAHAINALIUNA 11, SEABURY HALL 7
Lahainaluna ….. 1 ….. 3 ….. 3 ….. 4-11
Seabury Hall ….. 1 ….. 3 ….. 1 ….. 2-7
Goal scorers-Lalelei Mataafa 4, Julia Binaco 2, Courtney Galarita 2, Sydney Wagner 1, Cherelle Freitas 1, Alicia Wintermeyer 1; Seabury Hall: Sabrina Altman 3, Kyle Sullivan 3, Jordyn McDaniel 1.