Spartans topple Farmers

Tuivai scores 26 to lead Seabury Hall to 47-36 victory

Seabury Hall’s Anaulei Tuivai shoots during the third quarter of the Spartans’ 47-36 victory over Molokai on Thursday night at Erdman Athletic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Seabury Hall’s Anaulei Tuivai shoots during the third quarter of the Spartans’ 47-36 victory over Molokai on Thursday night at Erdman Athletic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OLINDA — The race is on in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II girls basketball ranks.

Seabury Hall beat four-time defending champion Molokai 47-36 on Thursday night at the Erdman Athletic Center. The Spartans improved to 2-1, while the Farmers were playing their league opener.

Anaulei Tuivai, a 5-foot-11 freshman, scored 26 points and controlled the boards for the Spartans. The rebounding edge allowed Seabury Hall to run the fast break most of the game.

“It was really important, my coach always tells me to box out — it’s not like the highest jumper who gets the rebound, it’s the fastest,” Tuivai said. “So, repetition, boxing out.”

Down 37-21, the Farmers went on a 13-2 run to pull within 39-34 on a long jumper by Camille Ledesma with 3 minutes, 39 seconds to go, the first of three times they would pull within five in the fourth quarter.

Seabury Hall’s Makena Dougherty grabs a rebound between Molokai’s Sydney Rawlins (right) and Brooke Keliihoomalu on Thursday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Seabury Hall’s Makena Dougherty grabs a rebound between Molokai’s Sydney Rawlins (right) and Brooke Keliihoomalu on Thursday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Tuivai scored on a lob pass that drew the fifth foul on Brooke Keliihoomalu before Nairene Bishaw-Mokiao broke away for a layup to make it 41-36.

Seabury Hall’s Kyra Cambra sank a free throw to give the Spartans a six-point lead with 2:39 left. She made two more free throws in the final minute.

“I didn’t want them to (make a run), but there were errors where we had to calm down and just think back because they could have won this game, but we kept our composure and stayed calm,” Tuivai said.

The Spartans led 21-11 at halftime after they bolted to a 12-4 advantage midway through the second quarter.

With Hana not fielding a team this season, the MIL D-II ranks include just three teams — Lanai and Seabury Hall split their games last week. The Spartans have just seven players on their roster and dressed only six on Thursday.

Brooke Keliihoomalu of Molokai goes up for a layup. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Brooke Keliihoomalu of Molokai goes up for a layup. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“We’ve got a good group of girls, we’re not too worried about the numbers right now,” Seabury Hall coach Jon Furtado said. “They are very positive, they are excited about the year, we’ve worked hard. We don’t let the numbers bother us too much.”

Ledesma led the Farmers with 11, while Kaitlin De-Rouin added eight.

“It was a great effort on Seabury’s part,” said Molokai coach Lee DeRouin. “No. 1 (Tuivai) did a great job getting on the boards, getting to the loose balls. She played a great game tonight.

“This isn’t a sprint, this is a marathon and we weren’t able to play last week, so we’re not as seasoned as the rest of the league yet, but we were able to get a lot of kinks out tonight.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

MOLOKAI (36)

Nadia Augustiro 2, Precious Rawlins 3, Cahlvrie Horner 0, Camille Ledesma 11, Sydney Rawlins 6, Kaitlin DeRouin 8, Nairene Bishaw-Mokiao 2, Brooke Keliihoomalu 4.

SEABURY HALL (47)

Anaulei Tuivai 26, Ameera Waterford 9,  Chloe Gangnath 0, Makena Dougherty 3, Kyra Cambra 9, Maile Dougherty 0.

Molokai            4    7    10    15–36

Seabury Hall    10    11    14    12–47

MIL Standings

GIRLS

DIVISION I

–                            W    L    Pct    GB

Lahainaluna                5    0    1.000    —

Kamehameha Maui    4    1    .800    1

Baldwin                    2    2    .500    2 1⁄2

King Kekaulike            1    4    .200    4

Maui High                0    5    .000    5

DIVISION II

–                            W    L    Pct    GB

Seabury Hall            2    1    .667    —

Lanai                        1    1    .500    1⁄2

Molokai                    0    1    .000    1 1⁄2

Thursday’s Result

Seabury Hall 47, Molokai 36

Today’s Games

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 11:30 a.m.

King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 5:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS

DIVISION I

–                            W    L    Pct    GB

Lahainaluna                2    0    1.000    —

Maui High                1    1    .500    1

Kamehameha Maui    1    1    .500    1

King Kekaulike            0    1    .000    1 1⁄2

Baldwin                    0    1    .000    1 1⁄2

DIVISION II

–                            W    L    Pct    GB

Lanai                        0    0    .000    —

Seabury Hall            0    0    .000    —

Molokai                    0    0    .000    —

Hana                        0    0    .000    —

Today’s Games

King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 5:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 5:30 p.m.

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