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Na Alii end Lunas’ MIL winning streak at 164

King Kekaulike pulls away to hand Lahainaluna first league loss since 2007

King Kekaulike High School players celebrate after defeating Lahainaluna 52-44 on Tuesday night at the Lunas’ gym — the Lunas had not lost an MIL game since 2007. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LAHAINA — Ledjan Pahukoa was just a toddler the last time any Maui Interscholastic League girls basketball team beat Lahainaluna High School.

Pahukoa scored 16 points, including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter, to lead King Kekaulike past Lahainaluna 52-44, snapping the Lunas’ 12-year-old MIL winning streak at 164 on Tuesday night at Lahainaluna gym. The mark is an all-sports MIL record.

“I’m pretty happy, but I think that was a team effort,” said Pahukoa, one of three freshmen on Na Alii’s roster. “We just played hard. We just tried our best and that was just good enough. No matter what anybody says, we just keep pushing through.”

Na Alii stands atop the MIL Division I standings at 4-0, while the Lunas are 2-1 with their first league loss since 2007.

Na Alii took the lead for good at 45-44 on a free throw by Namahana Kaeo-Young with 3:32 to play. Pahukoa’s baseline runner made it 47-44 with 2:50 to go, and a free throw by Ashante Wong with 1:19 left pushed the lead to 48-44.

King Kekaulike’s Ledjan Pahukoa drives upcourt on a second-half fast break Tuesday.

Pahukoa added the final four points of the night on a drive to the basket and two free throws.

“I definitely believe the streak record will never be broken,” King Kekaulike coach Cy Peters said. “It’s an amazing streak. Coach Todd (Rickard) has built an amazing program in Lahaina on the west side, but I honestly believe in my heart that streak will never be broken.”

The Lunas clung to a one-point lead going to the fourth quarter, but King Kekaulike’s Cailyn Ukida tied the game at 42 on a free throw with 7:48 to play.

“The mantra all week was ‘never quit,’ “ Peters said. “No matter what happened, we had to fight to the end and they did. They work hard at practice and they deserved this one tonight. There’s a long way to go though. They deserve all of it. Big win for our community, our school, but more importantly these girls. They really work hard.”

King Kekaulike took a 44-42 lead on a coast-to-coast drive by Pahukoa before Kiera Kaniho’s baseline layup tied it 44-44 with 5:57 to go.

Na Alii’s Ashante Wong is fouled by Lahainaluna’s Piper Pascua while taking a second-quarter shot.

Ashley Akamine led all Lahainaluna scorers with 13 points.

The Lunas led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and 19-12 when Akamine picked up her third foul with 6:14 left in the first half.

Na Alii went on an 17-4 run to take a 29-23 lead, capping it on back-to-back 3s by TC Pahukoa and Mary Pahukoa with just over a minute to go in the second period.

The first half ended 30-25, with King Kekaulike in front.

The Lunas went on an 8-0 run and took a 34-32 lead on a 3 by Akamine with 3:55 to go in the third quarter. Two free throws by Kaeo-Young tied the game with 2:46 left in the third, but the Lunas took a 36-34 lead on a layup by Kaniho.

A layup by Lahainaluna’s Taylor Eldredge made it 38-34 with two minutes to go in the third quarter.

The Lunas’ Abigail Akamine fouled out of the game with 1:33 left in the third quarter and her twin Ashley Akamine left with a leg injury with just over 5 minutes to play.

“Eventually we knew it would, yeah,” Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard said of the streak ending. “Now, we’ve just got to move on to the next day and get prepared to play the rest of the season. That’s a good team over there, good shooters, they play hard. My hat’s off to them.”

Na Alii outscored the Lunas 11-2 in the final period. This rivalry appears to be just building — King Kekaulike has just two seniors, the Lunas none.

“It’s not we lost the game,” Rickard said. “They took the game from us.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

KING KEKAULIKE (52)

Cailyn Ukida 6, TC Pahukoa 6, Kylee Dee 0, Mary Pahukoa 3, Ledjan Pahukoa 16, Namahana Kaeo-Young 10, Amalee Peters 0, Alia Ah-You 0, Ashante Wong 8, Kreyajan Pahukoa 3, Kamalani Puu 0, Kailia Purdy 0, Kiera Archangel 0.

LAHAINALUNA (44)

Paia Asuela 0, Abigail Akamine 3, Chaland Pahukoa 0, Ashley Akamine 13, Alea Kimokeo 2, Aira Baguyo 6, Piper Pascua 2, Kiera Kaniho 9, Taylor Eldredge 7, Ame Taufa 2, Margie Ruiz-Sana 0, Kyana Brucelas 0, Haley Mahoe 0.

King Kekaulike 10 20 11 11–52

Lahainaluna 14 11 17 2–44

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 27, BALDWIN 26

BALDWIN (26)

Melissa Caliva 4, McKenzie Schwindler 2, Taylor Manangan 4, Aya Buttaro 3, Talo Mafatini 6, Makayla Chung 7.

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (27)

Kuumana Bailey 2, Sienna Poeopoe 0, Makamae Kaili-Kramer 0, Lauryn Dubach 8, Tatiana Soon 0, Logan Spencer 6, Mikiala Sniffen 0, Kuumakalehiwa Ruidas 8, Alexandria Retuta 0, Angel Pauole 3.

Baldwin 7 8 4 7–26

KS Maui 9 4 9 5–27

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MIL Standings

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

King Kekaulike 4 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 2 1 .667 1 1⁄2

Kamehameha Maui 1 2 .333 2 1⁄2

Maui High 1 2 .333 2 1⁄2

Baldwin 0 3 .000 3 1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Hana 0 0 .000 —

Lanai 0 0 .000 —

Molokai 0 0 .000 —

Seabury Hall 0 0 .000 —

Tuesday’s Results

King Kekaulike 52, Lahainaluna 44

Kamehameha Maui 27, Baldwin 26

Friday’s Games

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

Maui High at Baldwin, 7 p.m.

Seabury Hall at Molokai, 7 p.m.

Hana at Lanai, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Seabury Hall at Molokai, 11 a.m.

Hana at Lanai, 11 a.m.