Sports briefs: Girls knocked out of state tournament; Boys upset by Lanai; Middle school wrestlers go to Maui
There would be no dramatic finish for the lady Farmers in the Hawaiian Airlines Girls Basketball State Championships.
After defeating Seabury Hall 53-49 in overtime on Jan. 26 to qualify for the state tournament, Molokai went to Kaimuki last Tuesday to play Hanalani in the first round. The one-sided game was won by Hanalani 56-25.
Molokai played St. Francis the next day in a consolation game at Kaimuki and had a similar result in a closer game. St. Francis won 50-38. Shaniah Mollena-Lopez was the only Molokai player in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Lehiwa Pedro finished with 8 points.
The lady Farmers finish the season with a 9-4 record.
On Thursday at the Lahaina Civic Center, the Molokai boys basketball team was shot down by the three-point shooting of Lanai. The Farmers lost 62-60 on a three-point shot by Jestonie Molina with 3.5 seconds left in the game. Molina made five three-pointers and finished with 17 points.
Paka Adolpho led the scoring for Molokai with 23 points. Oli Falealii added 17 and David Rapanot had 16 for the Farmers (7-6). Haaloa Hamakua and Lekeke Schonely each had 2 points for Molokai.
Seabury topped Lanai 65-51 the next day in the MIL Division II final to advance to the state tournament.
Molokai sent a boys and girls team to Maui on Friday for the Maui Middle School Wrestling Championships at Baldwin Gym. The boys team placed fifth with 11 points. The girls also placed fifth with 8 points. Individual results were not available.