By JOE FERRARO
KEALAKEKUA — Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard said he had to pick his poison.
By going to a zone defense, the Lunas prevented Konawaena’s Chanelle Molina and Courtney Kaupu from slashing through the lane and getting to the basket but gave the Wildcats on the perimeter open looks.
Konawaena’s open shooters made Lahainaluna pay Friday at Onizuka Gymnasium.
Kaupu scored 17 points, Molina added 15, and the Wildcats made four 3-pointers in the second half to pull away for a 51-34 win over Lahainaluna on the second day of the Konawaena’s preseason round-robin tournament.
“(Lahainaluna) made the other players step up,’’ Kaupu said. “Even though we were missing, (our coaches) told us to keep shooting.’’
Lahainaluna took a 22-19 lead on Fiemea Hafoka’s fast-break layup with 6 minutes, 50 seconds remaining.
Then Zoe Acdal made back-to-back jumpers that gave Konawaena the lead for good at 23-22, sparking an 18-4 run that included 3-pointers from Taylor Awa, Ihi Victor and Molina.
Molina’s trey, part of a four-point play, capped the spurt and gave Konawaena a 37-26 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats defense clamped down on the Lunas in the fourth quarter, not allowing a basket until Hafoka’s layup with 3:17 remaining. Seconds before that basket, Konawaena’s lead had ballooned to 47-30 on an Awa layup.
Hafoka led the Lunas with 10 points, while 5-foot-11 post Petiola Tuakoi scored all of her eight points in the first half, when Lahainaluna repeatedly cashed in on second-chance points.
“We got drifting away from our system,’’ Rickard said of the Lunas, who are 1-1 in the tourney. “In the second half, everyone wanted to be an all-star.’’
Konawaena improved to 2-0 in the tournament having beaten another perennial power in Punahou a day earlier.
Kaupu said the Wildcats, who graduated Division I athletes Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira, are playing with a chip on their shoulder.
“Everybody’s doubting us, so we have to keep proving them wrong,’’ she said.
Lahainaluna 6 14 8 6 — 34
Konawaena 5 14 18 14 — 51
• Honokaa 53, Kalani 40: Junior forward Hunter Liftee scored a game-high 18 points for Honokaa (1-1), which pulled away in the second half after the Falcons of the Oahu Interscholastic Association led 20-19 at halftime.
Kizzah Maltezo and Jasmine Castro added nine points apiece, junior Shemika Frazier chipped in eight, and Keana Kaohimaunu had seven.
Carly Kakuda, Samantha Shizuru and Alexandra Salas each scored eight points for Kalani (0-2).
Kalani 2 18 8 12 — 40
Honokaa 10 9 14 20 — 53
• Punahou 57, Kamehameha-Hawaii 30: Keaupono Fey scored 12 points, and Turner Wong added nine for the Buffanblu, which led 28-14 at halftime before improving to 1-1 in the tournament.
Casey Poe led the defending Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II champion Warriors with 23 points.
KS-Hawaii 6 8 7 9 — 30
Punahou 15 13 15 14 — 57
Waiakea Girls Tournament
Taylor Pocock scored 29 points and Cynthia Nakaima 11 to lead Keaau to a 57-33 win over Kealakehe in the second round of the Warriors Basketball Tournament at the Warriors Gym.
The Cougars led 18-1 at the end of the first quarter and 30-11 at the half. They then outscored the Waveriders 12-11 in the third period and 15-11 in the fourth.
Tiani Terazona led Kealakehe with 12 points.
• Mililani 60, Maui 25: Kapili Amamalia scored 14 points and Kaylee Torres and Shantell Appleby 10 apiece to lead the Trojans from Oahu.
Christina Lotulelei topped the Sabers with 14 points.
Mililani led 14-11 at the end of the first period and 29-14 at the intermission. The Trojans then outpointed the Sabers 20-8 in the third quarter and 11-3 in the fourth.
• Maui 60, Ka’u 41: Emma Hanlon had nine points and Jasmine Cabauar and Jordyn Vega each added eight to lead the Sabers.
Dennha Navarro and Toni Beck each had eight points to top the Trojans.
Maui led 34-19 at the half, then outscored Ka’u 14-11 in the third period and 12-11 in the fourth.
• Hilo JV 53, Waiakea JV 18: Faith Loeak had 14 points, Ciera Kelii 12 and Shhalyn Guthier 10 to lead the Vikings.
Christa Amuimuia and Elysa Hasegawa each had five points to top the Warriors.
The Vikings led 39-10 at the intermission.
Keaau JV vs. Waiakea JV, 10 a.m.
Waiakea vs. Kealakehe, 11:30 a.m.
Keaau vs. Mililani, 1 p.m.
Ka’u vs. Hilo, 2:30 p.m.
Mililani vs. Waiakea, 4 p.m.
Maui vs. Keaau, 5:30 p.m.
Maui 49, Waiakea 39
Trina Valencia poured in 17 points to lead Maui High to a hard-fought 49-39 win over the host Warriors.
Waiakea led 16-14 at the end of the first period before the Sabers carried a 27-24 lead into the intermission. Then after both teams scored eight points in the third period, Maui held a 14-7 advantage over the final eight minutes.
Sefulu Faavae scored 16 points and Shaila Apele had 10 to lead the Warriors.
• Mililani 61, Hilo 50: Nayla Long had 16 points and Kapili Amamalia 13 to lead Mililani. The Trojans led 27-26 at the half, then outpointed the Vikings 16-6 in the third quarter to open up a nine-point lead. Both teams scored 18 points in the fourth period.
Aliyah Pana led Hilo with 14 points. Alexis Pana had 11 and Raevyn Kaupu 10.
• Ka’u 53, Kealakehe 24: Toni Beck scored 17 points and Shyann Flores-Cariaga 14 to lead the Trojans. Ka’u led 32-10 at the intermission and then outscored the Waveriders 21-14 in the second half.
Tiani Terazona led Kealakehe with seven points.
• Waiakea 57, Keaau 24: Kaydee Rapozo scored 13 points to lead the Warriors, who grabbed a 37-11 halftime lead and outpointed the Cougars 20-13 in the final half.
Cynthia Nakaima led Keaau with 12 points.
Ka Makani Classic
McKinley and Hilo won big on the second day of the Ka Makani Classic on Friday in Waimea.
McKinley beat the hosts 44-21 in the second game. Taisha Thompson led the visitors from the OIA with 12 points, and Anna Juan scored six to lead Hawaii Prep.
In the early game, Hilo topped Kealakehe 51-11. Lexi Pana led the Vikings with points. For Kealakehe, Kehaulani Lee led the way with eight points.
The round-robin preseason tournament concludes today with HPA facing Kohala at 1:30 p.m. and Hilo playing McKinley at 3 p.m.
And Thursday …
McKinley and Hawaii Prep earned victories Thursday in the first round of the Ka Makani Girls Basketballl Tip-Off Classic.
McKinley defeated Kohala 41-25, and HPA defeated Kealakehe 61-15 in the preseason tournament held at the Hawaii Prep campus in Waimea.
In the first game, McKinley pulled away steadily behind Laika Aragon’s 14 points. Tezrah Antonio led the Cowgirls with 12 points.
In the second game, Ka Makani jumped out to a 14-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Ula Brostek led the way with 14 points, and Eliyah Fernandez added 12.
Kehaulani Lee led Kealakehe with five points.