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Trojans' spirit is Spartan strong

December 3, 2013 - 8:47am

The score was out of hand and had been for some time, but you wouldn’t have known it by watching Cy Lopez or his Ka‘u girls basketball team.

Sophomore Lea Aipia-Dolan and her teammates continued to try to attack the basket as if the game was tied, while Lopez did everything he could to keep his team in the game. With the undersized Trojans trailing Waiakea by more than 40 points, the coach called three second-half timeouts to rally the troops, and he delivered the same message each time.

“It’s basically just keeping our heads up and fighting no matter what the score is,” junior Denisha Navarro said. “We‘re working hard, we’re improving and I feel like as long as all of us keep our teamwork together, we’ll be fine.

“He tells us to never give up. If we put our hearts on the court, we’ll get better results.”

Such was the case earlier in the preseason at the Trojans’ tournament in Pahala. Lopez called a timeout with Ka‘u trailing by one against Kealakehe in the waning seconds to draw up a “secret inbounds play.” Bridget Pasion missed a shot from the p