BIIF girls basketball: Konawaena keeps rolling with 54-41 win over Honokaa


The beat goes on for Chanelle Molina and Konawaena.

Molina scored 19 points and her younger sister Celena Molina added 13 as the Wildcats stopped Honokaa 54-41 on Wednesday night to extend their Big Island Interscholastic Federation basketball winning streak.

“Chanelle is an awesome player,” Honokaa coach Daphne Honma said. “We knew she would get her touches, but she just outhustled us and got some putbacks.”

Four nights after they beat fellow Division I heavyweight Hilo on the road, the Wildcats went to Honokaa Armory to hand the Dragons (5-1), the favorites in Division II, their first loss of the season. At 6-0, Konawaena is almost halfway toward its sixth consecutive unbeaten BIIF season.

Chancis Fernandez scored 13 points and Hunter Liftee added 11 for Honokaa, but Honma said her team was hampered by turnovers, most of which she felt were the result of unforced errors.

“We played well, but when you make mistakes against a good team, they make you pay,” she said.

Honokaa led 12-10 after the first period in what turned out to be a game of runs between last season’s two Hawaii High School Athletic Association runners-up.

Konawaena took control in the third quarter before answering Honokaa’s final run in the fourth with one of its own.

“We battled 90 percent of the game,” Honma said. “It was only the last 10 percent where we fell off. But that’s going to happen against a team like Konawaena.

“We battled and hopefully we learned what it’s like to compete against the best.”

Waiakea 50, Keaau 41

Shaila Apele scored 16 points and Nicole Antonio added 10 as the host Warriors won their second straight to even their mark at 3-3.

Taylor Pocock poured in 22 points for the Cougars (3-3) and Jasmine Segobia had 13.

Keaau 6 9 11 15—41

Waiakea 15 12 11 12 —50

Kohala 77, Ka’u 64

Naai Solomon-Lewis and Tezrah Antonio each scored 15 points in Pahala as five Cowgirls reached double figures.

Jenni Fong added 13, Mohala Kaholoa’a-Kumukoa had 11 and Briana Harrison 10 for Kohala (5-0), which is the only undefeated team in Division II.

Denisha Navarro had a huge game for the Trojans (0-6), accounting for more than half of her team’s total with 35 points. Kerri Domondon added 11.

Kohala 23 19 16 19 —77

Ka’u 15 14 10 25—64

Kamehameha 66, Laupahoehoe 10

Casey Poe paved the way with 21 points, while Makamae Gabriel (20 points) and Rianna Arima (12) also reached double figures for the visiting Warriors (5-1), who won their third straight game

Kailyn Requelman’s six points paced the Seasiders (0-6).

Hilo 74, Pahoa 19

The visiting Vikings (4-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season behind 11 points apiece from Alexis Pana, Aliyah Pana and Sharlei Graham-Bernisto.

Macey Mokuhalii led the Daggers (0-6) with five points.

Hilo won the JV game 52-4.

Hilo 23 22 18 11— 74

Pahoa 3 9 4 3 — 19

HPA 42, Kealakehe 11

Ula Brostek scored 18 points and Anna Juan chipped in with 10 as visiting Ka Makani (3-3) won for the third time in four games.

Ivana Galvez paced the Waveriders (1-5) with eight points.

HPA 10 9 11 12 — 42

Kealakehe 1 6 2 2 — 11

Tuesday’s games

Boys

HPA 76, Pahoa 44

Justas Gecas led the charge with 18 points and Ka Makani got contributions from all around to overwhelm the visiting Daggers.

Evaldas Vegertas (13 points), Kalan Camero (10) and Kenji Stinson (10) also scored in double figures for HPA (2-0), and Hide Akai added nine.

Tolby Saito tallied 18 points for Pahoa (0-2), and Torrell Thomas had 10.

HPA won in JV 53-44.

Pahoa 7 16 12 9 — 44

HPA 22 17 15 22— 76

Kohala 61, St. Joseph 38

Mikala Jordan scored 16 points and Shawn Ray Ramos had 13 as the Cowboys grabbed their second straight easy road win to start the season.

Ben Uhlmann led all scorers with 23 as the Cardinals lost their opener.

Kohala 14 23 15 9 — 61

St. Joseph 11 8 6 13 — 38