Girls end MIL regular season with two wins over Lanai

Senior guard Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi splits the Lanai defense in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. Molokai held on to win 46-44.

Two wins over Lanai at The Barn this past weekend completed the Maui Interscholastic League regular season for the Molokai girls’ basketball team.

The two victories left the Lady Farmers with a 2-2 season record.

The senior guard Brianna Tangonan led the Farmers in scoring in both Friday and Saturday’s games. She scored 14 points Friday to help Molokai to a 40-32 victory.

Brianna Tangonan goes hard to the basket for two of her team-high nine points on Saturday.

The Molokai girls led Lanai 24-16 at halftime on Friday. Molokai increased the lead to 11 points after three quarter behind strong defense and scoring help from senior Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi and junior Tyra Mollena-Lopez. The two players finished with six points apiece.

The Pine Lasses gave the Molokai girls a harder time in the Saturday afternoon game. Using a full court press to create turnovers, Lanai jumped out to a 19-16 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Lanai continued its pressing defense but had a hard time generating any offense. Meanwhile, Molokai did a better job of beating the press and scored 14 points to take a 30-22 lead.

The game got tight in the fourth quarter as the full court press created more turnovers for Lanai. Scoring as many points as they had in the previous three quarters, Lanai came within two points but could not overtake Molokai.

Freshman Shanrese (Lehiwa) Pedro chases down a ball as it goes out of bounds in Saturday's game.

With time running out, Lanai had a chance to tie the game on the final possession but could not get a shot off. Final score, Molokai 46, Lanai 44. Tangonan finished with nine points. Sophomore guard Dezsiree Dameg led Lanai in scoring with 25 points.

Other top scorers for Molokai were Shaniah Mollena-Lopez with eight points; Tiare English, seven points; Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi ,seven points and Rebecca Adolpho seven points.

Molokai will play Lanai again on Thursday in the first round of the MIL Tournament. The game is at 4 p.m. at the Erdman Athletic Center on Maui.


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