The Molokai High School girls basketball team had its highest finish since 2010 by placing fourth in the state tournament over the weekend.
Seeded No. 4 in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II state tournament, the lady Farmers beat Kapa’a High School from Kauai Thursday in the quarterfinals to advance to the Friday night semifinal matchup against Honoka’a from the Big Island.
Against Kapa’a, the Molokai girls trailed by three points going into the fourth quarter. A high-scoring final quarter led to a 41-35 win for Molokai.
The next day, the lady Farmers played Honoka’a for the second time this year. In pre-season competition, Honoka’a beat Molokai by more than 30 points. As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Honoka’a was the clear favorite when the teams tipped off at Kaimuki Gym at 5 p.m. Friday.
Molokai lost 54-21 to a tough and talented Honoka’a team. Leading scorers for the Farmers were Hepuakea Falealii and Ilana Meyer with 5 points each.
“Tough loss for our girls tonight,” said head coach Lee DeRouin, “but they were true warriors fighting to the very end. Great job to the Lady Dragons of Honoka’a.”
In the third place game on Saturday, the lady Farmers lost 43-27 to Hawaii Baptist Academy to finish fourth in the state. The girls finished the season with a 14-3 record.
In an all Big Island championship, Honoka’a defeated Kamehameha Hawaii 54-35 to take the Hawaii Division II title.