A busy weekend of basketball took place at The Barn as two different schools visited Molokai to play four Maui Interscholastic League varsity games.
The girls team celebrated Senior Night on Friday by completely controlling the game against Hana from beginning to end in a 46-11 win. Leading the way for Molokai were sophomore guard Hepua Falealii and junior forward Lehiwa Pedro with 10 points each.
While the girls played their last home games of the MIL season, the Farmer boys kicked off their home schedule against Seabury Hall on Friday and Saturday. The home team stayed close on Friday night with a 23-point performance from senior David Rapanot. Sophomore Jordan Boswell also added 8 points for Molokai in a 59-51 losing effort.
The next day, the Farmer boys had trouble getting started and never caught up. Cold shooting and indecisive play from Molokai led to a 14-2 Seabury lead after the first quarter. The Farmers fought hard but never made up the difference, losing 47-30. Leading scorers for Molokai were Rapanot and sophomore Kaimana Kahale with 8 points each.
The girls game followed on Saturday at noon and, like the boys, the lady Farmers also came out sluggish. After the first quarter, Hana was leading 6-2 and held a 16-12 advantage at halftime.
It was a renewed second half defensive effort that earned the 37-22 victory for Molokai.
“I don’t care who you are playing, you play somebody four times there are going to be moments when you play at different levels,” said Molokai Head Coach Lee DeRouin, explaining the slow start. “We came out at that level today where we weren’t pushing ourselves defensively like we normally do. Hana did a nice job.”
Junior Lehiwa Pedro helped spark the second half comeback with her defense and offense. With Molokai trailing 16-13, Pedro hit two straight buckets to give the lady Farmers their first lead at 17-16. After that, Falealii responded to a Hana basket with a three-pointer followed by another three-pointer from freshman Precious Rawlins to give Molokai a 21-18 lead.
“It was a total team defensive effort and Lehiwa Pedro pretty much anchors our defense and I’m very proud of her defensively,” said DeRouin.
Still undefeated in MIL play, the lady Farmers enter next week’s game on Maui against Seabury with an 8-0 record.
“Seabury next weekend is going to be tough,” said DeRouin. “Their point guard wasn’t playing (when Molokai beat them twice last week) and she’s pretty good. It will be a battle, we need to get one win out of Seabury. If we get one then we can get the number-one seed in the MIL tournament.”