Sports briefs: Lady Farmers drop three at Kamehameha Maui Classic; Sale Sproat to fight main event Saturday
The Molokai girls basketball team opened the preseason with three games at the Kamehameha Maui Girls Basketball Classic last weekend.
On Friday, the girls played Baldwin at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym and lost 61-36. Impact player of the game for Molokai was Lehiwa Pedro with 11 points.
The next day the Farmers were up against King Kekaulike and lost 46-23. Titah English led the way with 5 points and was voted Impact Player of the Game for Molokai.
The tournament finished Sunday with Molokai hanging tough against Kamehameha Maui but eventually dropping the game 39-23.
A strong defensive effort in the first half held Kamehameha Maui to just three field goals. The Farmers also forced 14 turnovers. Kamehameha shut out Molokai in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win. Tiara English finished with 8 points for Molokai.
“Our goal was to come out to Maui and test ourselves to get ready for our regular season,” Molokai coach Lee Derouin told The Maui News. “We had about four weeks to get ready for this tournament, and as you can see, defensively, we’re playing really hard.”
Sale Sproat fights on Maui
Molokai paniolo and successful mixed martial arts fighter Sale Sproat will share the main event at Saturday’s inaugural Maui Fighting Championships card at the Maui Mall in Kahului.
Sproat made headlines earlier this year as the bull-riding champion at the Makawao Rodeo. On Saturday, Sproat will be featured in the middleweight co-main event against J.T. Taylor of Oregon.
Lolohea Mahe of Kahului will face Matt Kovaks of Washington state in the other main event bout in the heavyweight class.
Undercard bouts are to begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $25.