The Molokai girls basketball team earned the regular season Maui Interscholastic League Division II championship with a four-point victory over Seabury Hall on Maui Friday night.
A slow start left the lady Farmers behind 9-4 after the first quarter. The Molokai girls went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter to end the first half with a 15-11 lead.
Although the girls only shot 11-for-39 for the game, the lady Farmers were still able to hold on in the second half to win 26-22. Sophomore Hepua Falealii and junior Lehiwa Pedro each scored 7 points in the win.
The win clinched the MIL regular season title for Molokai. It was the third time this season that Molokai, with a 9-0 record, had defeated Seabury.
The lady Farmers extended their undefeated streak to 10-0 with another win over Seabury on Saturday at noon. Molokai had an easier time with the Spartans, sprinting out to a 26-14 halftime lead. Tough defense and improved shooting led to the 56-28 win. Falealii scored 16 points while Pedro added 10 points and freshman Precious Rawlins scored 9 points.
If the girls can win the MIL Division II tournament they will return to the state tournament for the sixth time in seven years.
The boys did not have as much success as the girls when they traveled to Lanai. On Friday, the boys lost a close game 38-32. Senior David Rapanot scored 14 points while sophomore Kaimana Kahale added 11 points for Molokai.
The next day the boys lost another close game to Lanai, 50-47. Rapanot led the way with 28 points in the loss. The Farmers are now 0-4 in MIL competition.