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Dragons down Ka Makani

By MATT GERHART

Tribune-Herald sports writer

KEAAU — Daphne Honma never wants Honokaa’s girls basketball team to stop pushing, but even this was getting extreme.

Midway through the fourth quarter and with the game well in hand, Honma had seen enough of No. 32 streaking toward the basket after three consecutive layups.

Honma needed a timeout. She was the only one who could slow down the Dragons’ Chancis Fernandez.

Fernandez scored 17 points Friday as the Dragons eased past Hawaii Prep 64-29 in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II semifinals.

“She’s just a great athlete and she goes very hard and is very competitive,” Honma said. “You have to love what she brings.”

Seeking its first BIIF title since Honma delivered a Division I title in 2006, the Dragons (10-2) will play six-time defending champion Kamehameha (9-3) at 6 p.m. today in the championship game at Keaau High. The Warriors beat Kohala 67-28 in the other semifinal.

Hawaii Prep past — the Dragons’ Chancis Fernandez, Eliyah Fernandez (eight points) and Shayla Ignacio (eight) are all former Ka Makani who transferred back to their hometown school — outscored Hawaii Prep present by itself.

“It’s just another game,” the versatile 5-foot-6 Chancis Fernanadez, a first-year senior Dragon, said.

“I think we started slow and picked it up in the sec