JV Girls Basketball: Warriors defeat Sabers


Photo by Brianne Reformina

Freshman Kealia Sjostrand (4) plays defense against Maui High’s Kealohi Real (12) at the Maui High School Gym, Nov. 12. The Maui Warriors won, bringing their season to 1-2.

KAHULUI- The Kamehameha Maui girls junior varsity basketball team defeated the Sabers, 22-4, Nov. 12, at the Maui High School Gymnasium.

The Warriors controlled the game all four quarters by taking the lead at the start.

Freshman Logan Spencer banked a 2-pointer earning the Warriors their first score. Not too long later, freshman Tatiana Soon sank a 3-point field goal within a minute into the first quarter.

Freshman Skye Murakami fouled Saber Mayghen Thornton, but Thornton made one of two free-throws earning the Sabers the one point they had until the fourth quarter.

During halftime, head coach Daniel “Danny” Aguirre gave the girls a pep talk about teamwork and shooting, and assistant coach Victor Aguirre provided tips for improving shooting and defense.

The girls were reminded to give the same amount of energy in their next game that same day against Baldwin.

“The girls have to stay motivated to play the game,” coach Aguirre said.

The Warriors are already halfway through their season with four more games to go.

The second half of the game began quickly as Spencer received her second foul from Saber Nicole Otsuka.

The Warriors created frustration among the Sabers as freshmen Kealia Sjostrand and Soon interfered with passes and took possession.

Sabers head coach Chris Otsuka called two timeouts, which helped the Warriors to rest as they only had one substitute on the bench.

Back in the game, Spencer blocked Saber Kylenna Rieta, and KS Maui freshman Mikiala Sniffen scored, taking the Warriors to an 18-1 lead.

The Sabers came back with a 2-point lay-up and one completed free-throw from a foul called on freshman Skye Murakami.

The game finished with the Warriors defeating the Sabers, 22-4.

“I knew that our team works really well together and that if we worked hard the end result would show how hard we worked,” Murakami said.