Lahainaluna fends off Kamehameha

Ashley Akamine of Lahainaluna High School goes up for a shot during the second quarter of the Lunas’ 56-43 win over Kamehameha Maui on Saturday at the Lahaina Civic Center. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — The 142nd consecutive Maui Interscholastic League victory for the Lahainaluna High School girls basketball team did not come easily.

The Lunas had to battle to the final minutes for a 56-43 win over Kamehameha Maui on Saturday at the Lahaina Civic Center in a game the 13-time defending MIL champions led by just eight points late in the third quarter and by 10 twice late in the fourth.

Braeanna Estabillo, the reigning MIL Division I Player of the Year, scored 25 points for the Lunas (8-0), including 10 in the final quarter.

“I had help from the team. I couldn’t have those 25 points without them,” Estabillo said. “I need everybody, not just me. Our team is put together, so honestly those 25 points were from the team.”

Kaylee Cam­bra’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go in the third quarter capped a 7-0 run that brought the Warriors within 35-27. The Lunas led 40-29 going into the fourth.

Lahainaluna’s Rachael Balagso drives for a second-quarter shot as Kamehameha Maui’s Kealia Sjostrand defends. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

A rebound basket by Angel Pauole with 2:02 remaining cut Kamehameha’s deficit to 48-38, and a 3-pointer by Ashley Peralta with 59 seconds left made it 51-41.

Estabillo made two of three free throws in the final minute to help seal the win.

“Hard games or not, all of our games are competitive,” Estabillo said. “We should be playing at our full potential because we work hard every single day, 24/7 out of the year.”

Peralta finished with 22 points and Cambra had 15. Fellow senior Kimani Fernandez-Roy, a two-time first-team MIL All-Star forward, did not play due to a sprained ankle — she said she expects to be back in about a week.

Kamehameha (3-2) was coming off a 55-53 win over King Kekaulike on Wednesday in a game Fernandez-Roy also missed.

The Lunas’ Braeanna Estabillo releases a 3-point shot. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“All week they’ve been coming with a good workout,” said Warriors coach Victor Aguirre. “That close win against King K kind of woke them up. We’re still missing Kimani, so we gave whatever effort we could tonight. I’m proud of the girls, especially the seniors — they played really well. Kaylee, Ashley and Angel have probably played the most basketball besides for a Lahaina program. They played all summer long.”

Rachael Balagso scored 13 points for the Lunas, who were missing Erin Hookano due to what the team said were personal reasons.

Back-to-back layups by Estabillo pushed the lead to 44-29 with 5:13 to play and prompted Aguirre to call timeout. Estabillo scored on a jumper from the free-throw line moments later to make it 46-29.

“If we have to rely on Brae all season long then we’re going to be in trouble, scoring-wise,” Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard said. “If she has got to take the majority of the shots, then you know what? If some of our other girls, especially our seniors, don’t end up stepping up and doing their share, they are going to put a lot of burden on her, a lot of responsibility.”

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Siena Poepoe 0, Kealia Sjostrand 2, Jamielee Felipe 0, Chasey Koomoa-Sidney 0, Brylee Carillo 0, Shaylisse Gregory 0, Tatiana Soon 0, Kayla Yamashita 0, Logan Spencer 0, Mikiala Sniffen 0, Kaylee Cambra 15, Ashley Taylor Peralta 22, Angel Pauole 4, Tatiana Martinez 0.


Teani Buenconsejo 4, Sheilaika Agbayani 0, Rachael Balagso 13, Braeanna Estabillo 25, Keiko Aotaki 0, Kayjan Pahukoa 5, Maalaea Kaneaiakala 0, Erin Hookano 0, Kreyajan Pahukoa 0, Ashley Akamine 0, Tcleen Pahukoa 0, Tori Tihada 0, Teani Rickard 0, Susitina Namoa 9, Abigail Akamine 0.

KS Maui 9 8 12 14–43

Lahainaluna 22 9 9 16–56





W L Pct GB

Lahainaluna 8 0 1.000 —

Kamehameha Maui 3 2 .600 3-1⁄2

King Kekaulike 3 3 .500 4

Maui High 2 5 .286 5-1⁄2

Baldwin 0 6 .000 7


W L Pct GB

Seabury Hall 6 0 1.000 —

Molokai 0 2 .000 4

Lanai 0 4 .000 5

Saturday’s Results

Seabury Hall 44, Lanai 32

Maui High 35, Baldwin 30

Lahainaluna 56, Kamehameha Maui 43

Wednesday’s Games

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

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



W L Pct GB

Lahainaluna 4 0 1.000 —

Kamehameha Maui 1 1 .500 2

Maui High 2 2 .500 2

Baldwin 1 2 .333 2-1⁄2

King Kekaulike 0 3 .000 3-1⁄2


W L Pct GB

Haleakala Waldorf 0 0 .000 —

Hana 0 0 .000 —

Lanai 0 0 .000 —

Molokai 0 0 .000 —

Seabury Hall 0 0 .000 —

St. Anthony 0 0 .000 —

Saturday’s Results

Baldwin 56, Maui High 53

Lahainaluna 59, Kamehameha Maui 28

Wednesday’s Games

Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.

Baldwin at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.