Spartans down Farmers

With just five players available, Seabury Hall improves to 3-0

Anaulei Tuivai of Seabury Hall drives to the basket during the first quarter of the Spartans’ 45-30 victory over Molokai on Friday night. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Anaulei Tuivai of Seabury Hall drives to the basket during the first quarter of the Spartans’ 45-30 victory over Molokai on Friday night. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OLINDA — The Seabury Hall girls basketball team is used to playing with only a few players, but the Spartans pushed the idea to the limit on Friday night against Molokai at the Erdman Athletic Center.

Anaulei Tuivai — the Maui Interscholastic League Division II Player of the Year last season as a freshman — had 17 points to lead Seabury Hall, while Ameera Waterford added 11 in a 45-30 win.

With a roster of just seven players — the same number they used to win the MIL D-II title last season –the Spartans (3-0) were down to five on Friday, with Faylin Sales on a family vacation and Rachel Gilbert injured. Lacey Flammer took the floor and finished the game with six points despite being sick.

“We were prepping for it all week, and the girls did a good job,” Seabury Hall coach Jonathan Furtado said. “We went with five, we had one girl who was throwing up a couple days ago and she gutted it out.”

The two teams play again this morning at 10 a.m.

Seabury Hall’s Chloe Gangnath puts back a first-quarter rebound Friday. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Seabury Hall’s Chloe Gangnath puts back a first-quarter rebound Friday. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“We didn’t try to change too much, we just tried to stay as confident as possible,” Furtado said. “We didn’t let the goal change, whether we had five or seven — we were even prepping for four.”

A 3-pointer by Quincee Tanaka 25 seconds into the second half pushed the Spartans’ lead to 21-14, and the Farmers would not get closer than five the rest of the way.

A 3 by Flammer gave the Spartans a 35-22 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter — Seabury Hall took control of the game with a 17-8 advantage in the quarter.

Flammer finished the game with four fouls and Tuivai had three.

“We knew we had to play smart and we were actually going to play with four, so I knew I was going to get doubled,” Tuivai said. “I wanted to make the other players look good. They’re pretty tough.”

Molokai’s Camille Ledesma drives against Gangnath in the second quarter. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Molokai’s Camille Ledesma drives against Gangnath in the second quarter. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The game got a bit chippy at times in the second half.

“The first half of the game there was a lot of, like, beef,” Tuivai said. “So I just had to kill them with kindness, stay composed, be a good leader.”

Seabury Hall scored the first nine points of the game before Molokai scored the next six. The Spartans led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter after Waterford made a pair of free throws.

The Farmers (0-1) then went on an 8-1 run, taking a 14-12 lead on a jumper by Sydney Rawlins with 3:22 left in the first half.

Tuivai made a pair of free throws with 1:18 to go before halftime to cap a 6-0 run for the Spartans, giving them an 18-14 lead at the break.

The Spartans’ Anaulei Tuivai drives for a first-quarter shot as the Farmers’ Tai-Li Tangatailoa and Kaitlin DeRouin defend. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Spartans’ Anaulei Tuivai drives for a first-quarter shot as the Farmers’ Tai-Li Tangatailoa and Kaitlin DeRouin defend. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Molokai starting point guard Camille Ledesma committed her fourth foul with 5:13 left in the third quarter, but was able to finished the game without coming out.

“They are real disciplined and trying to make that comeback, you know, on offense it’s tight,” Molokai coach Shane Mokiao said. “They’ve got a really good big (Tuivai), she’s very dominating. We’ve got a lot of things to work on, but tomorrow is another day.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

MOLOKAI (30)

Mary Rose Ringor 2, Camille Ledesma 2, Sydney Rawlins 16, Tai-Li Tangatailoa 2, Kaitlin DeRouin 8, Paula Maroto 0, Alaijah Pastrana 0, Kawenaokala Davis 0.

SEABURY HALL (45)

Anaulei Tuivai 17, Ameera Waterford 11, Chloe Gangnath 7, Quincee Tanaka 4, Lacey Flammer 6.

Molokai 6 8 8 8–30

Seabury Hall 11 7 17 10–45

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