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Spartans top Pine Lasses

Waterford scores 15 to lead undefeated Seabury Hall to 60-17 victory over Lanai

Seabury Hall’s Anau Tuivai dribbles past Lanai's Raquel Leoeuf Malacas (right) and Celina Romero in the first quarter on Friday night. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

OLINDA — Seabury Hall’s girls basketball team continued its unbeaten quest for a third Maui Interscholastic League Division II championship Friday night — all under a new leader.

First-time coach Keone Labuanan guided the Spartans’ to a 60-17 home victory over Lanai, with four players scoring in double digits. Ameera Waterford lead all scorers with 15 points, while Anau Tuivai, Brittlay Carillo, and Pio Tuivai all had 12 points each.

“I’ve known a lot of these girls the past couple years coaching them in club, so I was very excited for the opportunity,” Labuanan said. “We have a mixture of experience and new players, so it’s been very fun for me to teach fundamentals and excelling the more experienced ones.”

Pio Tuivai hit four 3s, Waterford hit two and her younger sister Leela Waterford added one more. The Spartans (3-0) held the Pine Lasses (0-3) to single-digit scoring in every quarter, including four points in the first and just one point in the third.

“Today was a lot of fun,” Ameera Waterford said. “I like playing with these girls and they’re really good to play with. We’re always trying to get better on defense, playing tight and being disciplined.”

Seabury Hall’s Ameera Waterford shoots over Lanai's Raquel Leoeuf Malacas in the first quarter. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Friday’s victory encouraged Labuanan, who replaced former coach Jonathan Furtado after Furtado was suspended by the school earlier this year.

Furtado, who was voted The Maui News MIL D-II Coach of the Year last season, left the program while under investigation by the Maui Police Department.

Labuanan said there were “a lot of mixed emotions” by players and parents. He said he grew up with Furtado and many parents and players still support him, but he has had no contact with the former coach.

“I was just as surprised as everyone else,” he said. “It was definitely a difficult situation coming into it, but the girls and their families have responded really well. I’m just fortunate I get to grow as much as they’re growing through this situation. They’ve really come together as a team and the parents have stepped up extremely.”

Seabury Hall athletic director Robert Dougherty said the last conversation he had with Furtado was in March, when he was trying to refute allegations that had been spread about him. Dougherty said the girls and team have adjusted and moved forward under Labuanan.

Lanai’s Arriana Maltezo dribbles the ball, while being defended by Seabury Hall’s Brittlay Carillo in the second quarter. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“I don’t know, (Furtado) just went under a rock and no one knows where he is,” Dougherty said. “I heard he was on Oahu and that’s the only thing I know.”

Under Labuanan, the team has refocused on defense and chemistry. The team failed to place at last year’s state tournament.

“Our defense is getting better,” Labuanan said. “Yes, we have girls that can score the ball, but I want our defense to be really strong so we can compete outside MIL D-II. Defense looked strong tonight and I’m hoping it gets better and better.”

Lanai co-head coach Christian Yumol said his team will need to grow fast this season after graduating four seniors, including three starters. The team has just two seniors, with one playing the past three seasons.

“We’re trying to get them up to speed and hopefully they can put it all together,” Yumol said. “It’s still early in the season and Seabury is tough. They’re a well-oiled machine. I’m very familiar with all their players, but what are you going to do.”

* Chris Sugidono is at csugidono@mauinews.com

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SEABURY HALL (60)

Ameera Waterford 9, Anaulei Tuivai 12, Pio Tuivai 12, Brittlay Carillo 12, Lacey Flammer 4, Leela Waterford 3, Rachel Gilbert 2, BElla Jardine 0, Kiiola Rilveria 0.

LANAI (17)

Ryllah Rodrigues 5, Celina Romero 2, Brandi-lee Medeiros 4, Jasmine Molina 2, Sheilah Agcaoili 2, Mary Claire Manuel 0, Arriana Maltezo 0, Raquel Leoeuf Malacas 0.

Seabury Hall 27 17 7 9–60

Lanai 4 7 1 5–17

MOLOKAI 44, HANA 19

HANA (19)

Shasta Kalalau 10, Shay Roback 9.

MOLOKAI (44)

Kaitlin DeRouin 16, Lia-Chae Meyer 8, Jordyn McCutcheon 6, Alaijah Pastrana 4, Kaua Helm 3, Kawena Davis 3, Cahl Horner 2, Cami Horner 2.

Hana (0-3) 5 8 5 1–19

Molokai (3-0) 13 4 21 6–44

LAHAINALUNA 51, KS MAUI 21

LAHAINALUNA (51)

Aira Baguyo 2, Abby Akamine 22, Teani Buenconsejo 4, Ashley Akamine 7, Alea Kimokeo 2, Erin Hookano 2, Kiera Kaniho 0, Piper Pascua 6, Taylor Eldredge 2, Alexia Plaza 0, Teani Rickard 0, Susi Namoa 4, Taioalo Wolf 0.

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (21)

Kuumana Bailey 0, Keala Ching 0, Kealia Sjostrand 0, Jaimelee Felipe 0, Chasey Koomoa-Sidney 0, Makamae Kaili-Kramer 0, Meleani Sjostrand 3, Tatiana Soon 0, Alyssia Fernandez-Ruiz 0, Logan Spencer 0, Siena Poepoe 0, Alaura Estrella 0, Mikiala Sniffen 15, Kuumakalehiwa Ruidas 2, Alexandria Retuta 0, Angel Pauole 1.

Lahainaluna (4-0) 15 25 7 4–51

KS Maui (1-3) 3 2 7 9–21

MAUI HIGH 61, BALDWIN 37

BALDWIN (37)

Jordyn Vierra 0, McKenzie Schwindler 6, Tia Caulford 0, Taylor Manangan 19, Aya Buttaro 3, Shalei Lee Awai 0, Jeziel Pulgados 0, Makayla Chung 9, Kealani Pasene-Keahi 0.

MAUI HIGH (61)

Hiilani Arai 7, Kayla Thornton 19, Kealohi Real 0, Kyleena Rieta 6, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa 9, Nicole Otsuka 3, Atasha Timbreza 6, Makena Stevenson 5, Ronie Butihi 0, Mayghen Thornton 4, Althea Garduque 2.

Baldwin (0-4) 2 12 8 15–37

Maui High (2-2) 19 21 14 7–61