The Molokai girls basketball team clinched its fourth straight Maui Interscholastic League Division II title in basketball on Friday with a dominating 50-19 win over Seabury Hall at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym on Maui.
When Seabury visited Molokai Jan. 7 and 8, the Farmers were losing after the first quarter of both games. A slow start plagued Molokai in the tournament championship game as well. The Farmers were up only 9-8 after the first quarter and 19-10 at halftime.
As she has all season, senior Kalei Adolpho led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She also had seven blocked shots and three assists to spur the team’s second half rally.
Even though the girls won the regular MIL season with a perfect 4-0 record, the team was not guaranteed a spot in the state tournament without winning Friday’s game. With the new structure in the MIL this year, Molokai will go to Maui Friday to play the MIL Division I runner-up, followed by a matchup with Lahainaluna on Saturday.
With the win against Seabury, the Molokai girls team will be seeking its third straight appearance the state Division II title game. In 2009 Molokai won the state championship and last year they finished as runner-up. The state tournament is Feb. 1-4 at the Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.
The boys team also extended its undefeated MIL record by topping Lanai twice this weekend at The Barn.
The Farmers almost dropped Friday’s game when Lanai’s Dareen Llamelo scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help tie the game at 45 apiece after regulation. Molokai outscored Lanai in the overtime period to win the game 54-49.
David Rapanot led the team with 13 points followed by Kamakana Duvauchelle-Andrade who added 12 points. Hauoli Falealii scored 10 and Ryan Rapanot 8 in the victory.
The Farmers had an easier time on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to a 12-4 first quarter lead and cruising to a 47-27 win over Lanai.
Duvauchelle-Andrade was the leading scorer with 24 points. Ryan Rapanot added 11 points toward the victory. The Farmers are now 4-0 in MIL competition.
The Molokai girls crew on Saturday prevented Seabury Hall from capturing the MIL title at Kahului Harbor, winning the half-mile race to force a winner-take-all showdown for the crown at next weekend’s regular-season finale.
Molokai’s Leenell Hernandez, Jasmine Borden, Crystal Puaoi-Kawai, Kailana Ritte-Camara, Natalia Levi and fill-in Kachet Kaiama took an early lead, surrendered some of it after the turn but quickly recovered and crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 37.40 seconds, four seconds ahead of the Spartans, for their second-ever varsity victory – the first was in the season opener.
With teams earning points based on their top three finishes of the season, Molokai and Seabury are now knotted atop the standings with 31 apiece, setting the stage to conclude the season next week at Hanako’o (Canoe) Beach Park.
The soccer team played two home games against Maui High School over the weekend. The Farmers dropped both games by identical 7-0 scores.