BIIF girls basketball: Konawaena crushes Kamehameha

Despite being every defense’s center of attention, Chanelle Molina still turns into an unstoppable scoring machine and Konawaena keeps winning.

The sophomore sensation poured in 28 points, and the Wildcats pummeled Kamehameha 66-41 in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation girls basketball game Saturday night at Koaia Gym.

Mercedes “Ihi” Victor and Celena Molina each added 12 points for Division I Konawaena (7-0), which polished off its tough three-game road trip.

Riana Arima scored 16 points and Casey Poe added 14 points for the Warriors (5-2), who fall further back for the Division II regular-season title, which includes the league’s first berth to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament.

Konawaena played lockdown defense in the first and fourth quarters, outscoring Kamehameha 24-7 in the first period and 17-6 in the final eight minutes.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats traveled to then-unbeaten Honokaa, a tough venue for any road opponent. Turns out it was no problem.

Chanelle Molina scored 19 points and her freshman sister Celena chipped in 13 points as Konawaena thumped the Dragons 54-41.

Konawaena 24 14 11 17 — 66

Kamehameha 7 17 11 6 — 41

Hilo 51, Ka‘u 9

Alyssa Perreira scored 11 points and Alexis Pana added 10 for the Vikings (5-1).

Sky Kanakaole-Esperon scored four points to lead the Trojans (0-7).

In JV play, Hilo won 62-15.

Ka‘u 1 2 0 6 — 9

Hilo 20 13 8 10 — 51

Honokaa 48, HPA 23

Chancis Fernandez burned her old team for 14 points as the Dragons (6-1) held HPA to single-digit points in each quarter.

Ula Brostek and Anna Juan scored eight points each for Ka Makani (3-4), still in fourth place in the Division II standings with the four-team playoffs set for the end of the month.

Honokaa 11 16 12 9 — 48

HPA 6 6 7 4 — 23

Waiakea 66, Kohala 43

The Warriors made quite a statement against the unbeaten Cowgirls as Shaila Apele scored 24 points.

Kryssie Okinaka added 20 points and Kaydee Rapozo had 13 for Waiakea (4-3), which outscored Kohala 21-10 in the second quarter and 22-13 in the final period.

Naai Soloman-Lewis scored 21 points, but no one else reached double-digits for the Cowgirls (5-1), who are now tied with Honokaa in the Division II standings.

In the JV, Waiakea won 46-15.

Kohala 13 10 7 13 — 43

Waiakea 13 21 10 22 — 66

Pahoa 59, Laupahoehoe 16

Vanessa Castro scored 19 points and Erleen Oguma had 11 for the Daggers (1-6).

Kailyn Requelman and Shyla Anderson each had six points for the Seasiders (0-7), who next play Konawaena on Tuesday.