Kalani crushes Waiakea to advance


Kalena Halunajan (right) poured in a game-high 21 points and combined with teammate Kamalu Kamakawiwoole for 38. Greg Yamamoto | SL

KAKAAKO — Kalena Halunajan and Kamalu Kamakawiwoole combined for 38 points as unseeded and No. 7 Kalani routed second seed and No. 6 Waiakea, 73-57, in the first game of the Snapple/HHSAA Division I Girls Basketball State Championships at McKinley's Student Council Gymnasium.

Kamakawiwoole, who scored 21 points in their opening round win against Radford, posted a double-double, scoring 13 of her 17 in the second half and hauling in 18 rebounds. She used her height to disrupt Waiakea's shooters and blocked four shots.

Halunajan poured in a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Alayna Akiona and Shelby McDaniel each added eight points.

The Falcons held the Big Island Interscholastic Federation champions to single digits for the first three quarters before Waiakea roared to life in the fourth, outscoring Kalani, 34 to 26, but it was too little, too late.

Kalani led by as much as 26 points and shot 21 for 52 from the field (40.3 percent) and was 27 for 37 (72.9 percent) from the free-throw line. The Falcons were just 4 for 21 (19 percent) from the three-point line.

Waiakea shot 22 for 73 (30.1 percent) from the field for the game and shot 3 for 11 from beyond the arc and was 19 for 62 inside.

Destynee Williams and Kelsie Imai each scored 11 points and combined for 16 rebounds while Jazelle Dorser added 10 points in the loss.



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