HPA girls edge CLA, bolster BIIF basketball playoff positioning

Hawaii Prep’s second win of the season could be enough to get it into the playoffs.

Maja Burdova scored 19 points and Mariah Borce added 11 on Thursday night in Waimea as Ka Makani held off Christian Liberty 24-21, remaining ahead of the Canefire in fourth place in the BIIF girls Division II basketball standings.

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HPA (2-4) trailed 9-7 at halftime of a low-scoring affair but outscored Christian Liberty (1-7) 11-2 in the third quarter.

Kassey Hanoa scored 10 points for the Canefire.

Konawaena 72, Kamehameha 18: Caiyle Kaupu scored 21 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures in a road romp.

Kaliana Harrell-Salazar posted 14 points and Kayla Park (13) and Braelyn Kauhi (12) were just behind her for Konawaena (8-0), which holds an average margin of victory of 63.2 points per game against Division II teams.

The Warriors (5-3) suffered their third lopsided loss against at a D-I team, but a win in one of their two remaining games (Saturday at Keaau, Tuesday at Kohala) should to assure themselves the outright regular-season D-II title and a automatic berth in the state tournament.

Kealakehe 31, Ka‘u 29: The Waveriders eked one out at home for the their second win.

The rebuilding Trojans (0-8) reached the BIIF final last year and made their first trip to the state tournament, but they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Boys

Kohala 75, St. Joseph 40: O’Shen Cazimero scored 24 points and the Cowboys eased to a home victory, remaining one of three BIIF unbeatens.

Laakea Kauka scored 13 points for the Cowboys (7-0) and Zak Javillonar added 11. Kohala built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led 38-17 at halftime.

Evan Costales led the Cardinals (0-8) with 11 points and Johnathan Eftink had 10.

Soccer

Thursday

Waiakea Girls 9, Keaau 0: Maiya Serrao, Jacelyn Cambra and Kelli Xie scored twice apiece on the Cougars’ field as the Warriors put the wraps on an 8-3-1 regular season.

Jadyn Clark, Sienna Beasley and Jayleen Andaya also scored for Waiakea, which will host a BIIF Division I semifinal on Wednesday, most likely against Hilo.

Andaya, Xie and Quinn Prine shared in the shutout of the Cougars (1-10).

Hilo Boys 9, Christian Liberty 0: Leha Harmon, Kyler Rivera and Owen Fragas-Van Blarcom each scored two goals as the Vikings stayed on track to earn the top seed in the Division I playoffs.

Keanu Keolanui, Logan Mizuba and Kainalu Lewis also scored for Hilo (8-1) in a match that was moved to Waiakea’s turf field, and Jyson Breitbarth and Tyson Kaniaupio each had a hand in the shutout of the Canefire (1-5-1).

Wednesday

Makua Lani Boys 7, Kohala 0: Kai Van Bergan bagged a hat trick in Kapaau as the Lions moved into first place in Division II.

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Isaiah Easley, Ka’alele Fernandez, Joshua Luth and Chase Lurbiecki each had a goal for the Lions (7-2), and Dominic Perrino was credited with the shutout of the Cowboys (3-6-1).

Makua Lani can clinch the top seed in the BIIF D-II tournament and an automatic state berth with wins Saturday against Christian Liberty and Tuesday against Hilo.

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