Kapaa delivers KO to Kahuku


POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mai'lika Napoleon smiled broadly despite the cut on her chin, the dot of blood on her Kapaa jersey.

“;Killer,”; she said, when asked about the physicality of the just-completed battle with Kahuku. “;But it all comes down to suicides, sprints in practice. None of the girls like them, but they can help you in the game.”;

Napoleon scored 20 points as the Warriors proved tough and full of stamina and upset the No. 1-seeded Red Raiders 60-56 in a Division II state quarterfinal game last night at Kalani. It was one of the school's biggest basketball victories.

“;We knew we had a chance, because we've got heart,”; said center Jondi Das, who scored 17 points. “;Kauai is a small island, but we have heart.”;

Kapaa (10-0) plays Molokai in a semifinal tonight at Kalani.

“;It boiled down to them making more plays than us,”; Kahuku coach David Te'o said. The Raiders dropped to 14-2.

Kapaa (10-0)1382415-60
Kahuku (14-2)16101020-56

KAPAA-Lenia'ala McCabe 4, Jondi Das 17, Leihua McCabe 5, Mai'lika Napoleon 20, Victoria Tuttle 0, Jessilyn Artaho-Aki 7, Kira Nakamura 0, Layna Christian 3, Mahea Hanie-Grace 2, Lahela Creamer 0, Shalyn Tupou 2.

KAHUKU-Nile Te'o 5, Lama Tito 11, Tisa Te'o 0, Malia Tonga 5, Lala Latu 15, Jesse Falemalu 0, Jovan Falemalu 3, Mata Tonga 0, Rachel Tailele 7, Hi'ilei Cummings 10, Vaunelle Hingano 0.

3-point goals-Kapaa 5 (Napoleon 4, Artaho-Aki), Kahuku 4 (Te'o N., Tito, Latu, Tonga).

Molokai 35, University 30

Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario scored 20 points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch to lead the fourth-seeded Farmers (13-0) past the Jr. Rainbows (12-1) at Kalani and into the Division II semifinals.

University (12-2)81282 -30
Molokai (13-0)91376-35

UNIVERSITY-Angie Yoshizu 7, Quynne Eharis 2, Melissa Cortez 4, Pi'ilani Mahoe 6, Ruthie Tusi 11.

MOLOKAI-Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario 20, Kalei Adolpho 9, Puna Kawamae 4, Kyle Joe Mawae 2.