Warriors sew up state spot

Kamehameha into MIL tournament final after 58-30 win over King Kekaulike

Kimani Fernandez-Roy of Kamehameha Schools Maui shoots over King Kekaulike’s Daeja Callo-DePonte in the first quarter of the Warriors’ 58-30 win in an MIL tournament semifinal Monday night at Maui High’s Shine Matsui Athletic Center. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photos

KAHULUI — There are five seniors on the Kamehameha Schools Maui girls basketball team.

They’re not finished, but they put a symbolic bow on their careers with a 58-30 win over King Kekau­like on Monday in the semifinals of the Maui Interscholastic League Division I tournament at Shine Matsui Athletic Center.

It clinched the third straight — and third ever — state berth for the Warriors (8-5).

“It feels great to be returning back to states,” said Ashley Taylor Peralta, who matched fellow senior Kimani Fernandez-Roy with 13 points. “We made history back in sophomore year and we’re still doing it.”

The Warriors took control early, building a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter behind six points from Fernandez-Roy.

Kamehameha Maui’s Angel Pauole gains possession of a loose ball in the second quarter Monday.

Fernandez-Roy scored inside off an assist from Mikiala Sniffen to make it 27-9 with 3:03 to go in the second quarter before Kamehameha Maui’s Kaylee Cambra, another senior, hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the first half to give the Warriors a 39-16 lead.

Cambra finished with 10 points on the strength of three 3-pointers.

“It’s real gratifying, this season was a little different than the last two,” Kamehameha coach Victor Aguirre said. “But like I told them: ‘Every journey is kind of bumpy.’ This year’s journey has been a little bumpy.”

Indeed. Peralta suffered a cut on her forehead that required seven stitches in a recent loss to regular-season champion Lahainaluna.

The Warriors’ seniors combined to score 45 points Monday night.

King Kekaulike’s Liane Tomita dribbles in between a trio of defenders in the second quarter.

“To be out here, especially with my fellow seniors, it’s just amazing,” Peralta said. “I can’t wait to play more ball, just finish out the season strong.”

Angel Pauole took a pass in the lane from Fernandez-Roy to score and Fernandez-Roy finished a fast break in the first 30 seconds of the third quarter to increase the lead to 43-16.

Cambra’s 3 with 6:10 to go in the third quarter made it 46-16 and turned on the mercy-rule running clock, which turned off and on as Na Alii battle to get back in the game.

A 3-pointer from the corner by Sniffen with 2 minutes left in the third quarter gave the Warriors a 49-19 lead, and the running clock was in effect until a free throw by Cailyn Ukida cut the lead to 55-26 with 1:58 remaining in the game.

The lead reached its largest margin, 55-21, on a free throw by Kayla Yamashita with just over 4 minutes to play.

The Warriors’ Ashley Taylor Peralta dribbles to the basket in the first quarter.

There were 43 fouls called in the game, 24 on King Kekaulike. Pauole, Ukida and Na Alii’s Daeja Callo-DePonte all finished the game with four personal fouls.

The Warriors face the 13-time defending MIL champion Lunas in today’s tournament final at Matsui. In Monday’s first semifinal, Lahainaluna defeated Maui High 52-38.

“When they took care of the ball and rebounded (the Sabers) showed they can stay with them, so hopefully we can do the same,” Aguirre said. “They’re going to come out ready to get us, so it’ll be fun to face them again.”

King Kekaulike’s season ended at 6-7. Kuulei Araneta led Na Alii with eight points.

“They’re a very, very talented team, a very well-coached team,” King Kekaulike Cy Peters said of the Warriors. “They fell short tonight, but we did play a very good team.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

KING KEKAULIKE (30)

Cailyn Ukida 3, Shaye Pua 0, Charlie Abreu 0, Liane Tomita 7, Namahana Kaeo-Young 0, Daeja Callo-DePonte 4, Temahh Shaw 6, Alia Ah You 0, Tanisha Valdez 0, Noelani Aruda 0, Kuulei Araneta 8, Taysia Kahalekai 2.

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (58)

Siena Poepoe 0, Kealia Sjostrand 0, Jamielee Felipe 0, Chasey Koomoa-Sidney 0, Brylee Carillo 4, Shaylisse Gregory 5, Tatiana Soon 0, Kayla Yamashita 1, Logan Spencer 4, Kimani Fernandez-Roy 13, Mikiala Sniffen 4, Kaylee Cambra 10, Ashley Taylor Peralta 13, Angel Pauole 4, Tatiana Martinez 0.

King Kekaulike 4 12 3 11–30

KS Maui 19 20 12 7–58

MIL Basketball

GIRLS DIVISION I TOURNAMENT

Semifinals

Monday’s Results

Lahainaluna 52, Maui High 38

Kamehameha Maui 58, King Kekaulike 30

Championship

Today’s Game

Lahainaluna vs. Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 7 p.m.

Overall championship, if necessary

Thursday’s Game

Lahainaluna vs. Kamehameha Maui at Maui High, 7 p.m.

GIRLS DIVISION II TOURNAMENT

Semifinal

Thursday’s Game

Lanai vs. Molokai at Seabury Hall, 7 p.m.

Championship

Friday’s Game

Lanai-Molokai winner at Seabury Hall, 7 p.m.

Overall championship, if necessary

Saturday’s Game

Lanai-Molokai winner at Seabury Hall, 10 a.m.

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