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Short-handed Lunas deny Sabers 42-28

Eldredge

LAHAINA — Call this Lahai­naluna High School girls basketball team survivors.

With two starters out and another severely limited while fighting injuries, the Lunas pulled out a win they had to have to keep their regular-season hopes alive on Saturday night at the Lahaina Civic Center, defeating Maui High 42-28.

The result leaves the Lunas at 8-2 and two wins from clinching the Maui Interscholastic League Division I regular-season crown and the state berth that goes with it. Maui High (8-3) would have claimed the regular-season title with a win on Saturday.

“Any win feels great no matter who it’s against,” Lahainaluna sophomore guard Taylor Eldredge said after scoring a game-high 14 points.

The Lunas jumped out to a 12-0 lead through the first five minutes of play. Eldredge hit two 3s to start the scoring, the second one coming with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

“That felt good, it got our momentum going,” Eldredge said.

The Lunas were without Abigail and Ashley Akamine — both out with knee injuries — and fellow junior Alea Kimokeo was still limited in time on the court after just returning from injury.

“We knew we had to do it for them,” Eldredge said.

The Sabers finally broke through on a runner in the lane by Kayla Thornton with 2:59 to go in the period. The Lunas led 16-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Piper Pascua made two free throws and Haley Mahoe sank a corner 3 to increase Lahainaluna’s lead to 28-7 before the Sabers closed the half on an 11-2 run to climb within 30-18 at the break.

In the third quarter, Thornton stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a layup with 3:35 to go to bring the Sabers within 36-28, but they would get no closer.

“It is a big win, at this point every win for us is a big win,” Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard said. “Our team, we stay in survival mode right now.”

Thornton led the Sabers with 14 points.

The possibility of a three-way tie for the MIL D-I regular season still exists — King Kekaulike is tied with Maui High at 8-3. If there is a three-way tie for the crown after 12 games, Maui High would visit King Kekaulike for a game on Friday. The winner would play Lahainaluna, which won a coin toss, for the crown on Saturday at Lahainaluna.

The MIL tournament is next week.

“Good job to Lahaina tonight, but again, like I said, we never give up,” Maui High coach Crystal Bal said. “I know they had a really good run, they executed really well on both offense and defense. We just have got to tweak some stuff.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

MAUI HIGH (28)

Jordyn Luna 0, Jacy Anne Dela-Cruz 0, Kayla Thornton 14, Hiilani Arai 0, Kylenna Rieta 0, Makena Stevenson 3, Atasha Timbreza 2, Sophia Otsuka 0, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa 0, Kaylyn Cortez 0, Leiana Thornton 9, Ronie-Lynn Butihi 0, Kiana Manuel 0.

LAHAINALUNA (42)

Paia Asuela 0, Alea Kimokeo 0, Aira Baguyo 10, Piper Pascua 4, Kiera Kaniho 5, Taylor Eldredge 14, Ame Taufa 0, Margie Ruiz-Sana 6, Kyana Brucelas 0, Haley Mahoe 3.

Maui High 4 14 6 4–28

Lahainaluna 16 14 6 6–42

Also Saturday

LAHAINALUNA BOYS 50, MAUI HIGH 40

MAUI HIGH (40)

Logan Nagamine 7, Jeremy Peros 0, Efren Villon 15, Keoki Agtaguem 4, Charlles Guansing 3, Joshua Tolentino 0, Jerome Butac 5, Dreiden Agaran 0, Christian Alejo 0, Kobin Harris 4, Fidel Ortiz 2.

LAHAINALUNA (50)

Cosner Cruz 0, Tre Rickard 6, Kade Cunningham 1, Juztin Gaoiran 7, Malino Jacinto 17, Toby Mizuno 0, Levi Basturo 6, Josh Tihada 0, Matthew Rabino 6, Kanaau Castro 3, Sam Kahaialii 0, TJ Galoia 2, Sam Fifita 2.

Maui High 6 13 12 9–40

Lahainaluna 16 18 10 6–50

KING KEKAULIKE GIRLS 40, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 27

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (27)

Kuumana Bailey 0, Sienna Poeopoe 3, Alyssia Fernandez-Ruiz 0, Makamae Kaili-Kramer 1, Lauryn Dubach 2, Tatiana Soon 0, Laakea Hurney 0, Logan Spencer 13, Mikiala Sniffen 6, Alexandria Retuta 0, Angel Pauole 2.

KING KEKAULIKE (40)

Cailyn Ukida 12, Kylee Dee 0, Namahana Kaeo-Young 10, Annalee Peters 9, Alia Ah-You 0, Ashante Wong 5, Kreyajan Pahukoa 2, Kailia Purdy 2, Keira Archangel 0.

KS Maui 9 10 3 5–27

King Kekaulike 9 13 12 6–40

KING KEKAULIKE BOYS 49, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 44

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI (44)

Logan Rickard 0, Jaxon Mossman-Smith 12, Pookela Aiu 5, Alec Tolentino 0, Steven Gushiken 2, Bryson Reformina 0, Kale Spencer 17, Tiliti Adams 8, Michael Kalalau 0.

KING KEKAULIKE (49)

Grayson Maguire 4, Bryson Uchima 0, Jacob Wittenberg 15, Carson Yoshida 8, Andruw Paden 0, Kaleb Chun 6, Akhil Fernando-Bell 9, Aidan Griffin 0, Keanu Kupau 7, Trey Hunter 0.

KS Maui 5 13 8 18–44

King Kekaulike 14 10 12 13–49

MOLOKAI BOYS 70, HANA 52

Hana 11 17 11 13–52

Molokai 16 13 25 16–70

Leading scorers–Hana: Ire Pu-Akina 14, Shayden Hoopai-Waikoloa 11, Elijah Keegan 10. Molokai: Nickolas Rapanot 30, Owen Svetin 10, Kanalu Kahale 16, Kaya Alcon 10.

MOLOKAI GIRLS 52, HANA 5

Hana 2 1 2 0– 5

Molokai 13 24 7 8–52

Leading scorers–Hana: Kaala Kalalau 5. Molokai: Jordyn McCutcheon 16, Lia-Chae Meyer 11, Saije Aiana 8.

LANAI BOYS 68, MAUI PREP 46

MAUI PREP (46)

Bennett Bluh 4, Caleb Chumley 0, James Falk 11, Dylan Falk 0, Drew Triplett 8, Ozzi Doherty 4, Harrison Cramond 19, Kieran McKinney 0.

LANAI (68)

Jesse Sigrah 5, Devin Vidad 4, Rayden Manuel 5, Allen Adams 0, Ryan Noble 0, Jordan Belista 2, Jayden Castillo-Pagay 0, Reese Etrata 0, Sam Dimaya 0, Andre Adams 22, Devrene Kahananui Alejado 16, Aiden Hough 0, Kristian Kraytchev 0, Jamahl Adams 10, Elijah Gima-Maltezo 2.

Maui Prep 14 5 10 17–46

Lanai 12 22 24 10–68

SEABURY HALL GIRLS 52, LANAI 35

SEABURY HALL (52)

Anau Tuivai 7, Ameera Waterford 14, Bryanna Molina 0, Faylin Sales 0, Brittlay Carillo 4, Valentina Lewis 0, Leela Waterford 14, Meleani Sjostrand 5, Pio Tuivai 8.

LANAI (35)

Saisha Figuerres 0, Claire Manuel 0, Celina Romero 5, Leisha Figuerres 0, Jasmine Molina 0, Amaya Hoopii Baptista 0, Haley Ostrander 4, Keala Montgomery 4, Arriana Maltezo 16, Souina Seiuli 6, Brandi-lee Medeiros 0, Giyana Agliam 0.

Seabury Hall 16 8 14 14–52

Lanai 12 12 6 5–35

SEABURY HALL BOYS 60, ST. ANTHONY 20

ST. ANTHONY (20)

Kaimana Baker 2, Nate Rabara 3, Jonathan Vergel De Dios 3, Jason James Power 6, Devontae Myrick 6, Calvin Johnson 0, Michael Vergel De Dios 0, Dontae Myrick 0.

SEABURY HALL (60)

Kai Preseault 15, Carl Molinaro 6, Caden Granum 11, Cooper Waite 2, Joaquin Donez 14, Masyn Johnson , Max McKuin 4, Pono Birnie , Philip Birkholz 8, James Judge 0.

St. Anthony 8 3 3 6–20

Seabury Hall 18 15 15 12–60

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MIL Standings

GIRLS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Lahainaluna 8 2 .800 —

Maui High 8 3 .727 1⁄2

King Kekaulike 8 3 .727 1⁄2

Baldwin 1 9 .100 7

Kamehameha Maui 1 9 .100 7

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

x-Seabury Hall 10 0 1.000 —

Lanai 4 5 .444 5 1⁄2

Molokai 3 5 .375 6

Hana 0 7 .000 8 1⁄2

x-clinched regular-season title

Saturday’s Results

Seabury Hall 52, Lanai 35

Molokai 52, Hana 5

King Kekaulike 40, Kamehameha Maui 27

Lahainaluna 42, Maui High 28

Tuesday’s Games

Lahainaluna at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

Baldwin at Maui High, 7 p.m.

BOYS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 7 0 1.000 —

Maui High 5 2 .714 2

Lahainaluna 4 3 .571 3

Kamehameha Maui 1 6 .143 6

King Kekaulike 1 7 .125 6 1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Lanai 4 0 1.000 —

Seabury Hall 4 0 1.000 —

Molokai 2 2 .500 2

Hana 0 2 .000 3

St. Anthony 0 2 .000 3

Maui Prep 0 4 .000 4

Saturday’s Results

Lanai 68, Maui Prep 46

Molokai 70, Hana 52

Seabury Hall 60, St. Anthony 20

Lahainaluna 50, Maui High 40

King Kekaulike 49, Kamehameha Maui 44

Tuesday’s Games

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

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