Warriors look ahead after loss in preseason match


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Ashley Taylor Peralta defends Konawaenaʻs Cherilyn Molina during a preseason tournament at Lahainaluna High School, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. Konawaena High School won, 65-17.

LAHAINA– The Konawaena High School Wildcats defeated the Kamehameha Schools Maui Warriors in the Warriors’ first preseason match, 65-17, at Lahainaluna High School, Nov. 24.

The first half ended with a score of 27-9 with Konawaena in the lead.

In the second half, the Wildcats made 38 points, most scored by Cherilyn Molina. The Warriors scored 8 more points, which were made by Kimani Fernandez-Roy, Ashley Taylor Peralta and Skye Murakami.

“Today was tough. I know for sure that we could have done better,” team captain Ashley Taylor Peralta said.

The Konawaena girls basketball team is currently ranked number one for Division 1, in the state of Hawaiʻi.

Peralta said that because this was their first game of the year and that it was against the number one team, many of the Warriors had “jitters” and that this affected their playing on defense and offense.

“We … didn’t get back on defense fast enough, and we didn’t move a lot on offense,” junior Brylee Carillo said.

After this weekend of preseason match-ups, the Warriors want to practice and try to correct some of the mistakes that were crucial in the game.

“We need to work on rebounding [and] communicating. Every player needs to step up,” Coach Victor Aguirre said.

As for the Warriors’ goals for this season, they hope to return to the Hawaiʻi High School Athletic Association state competition.

Watch the Warriors in their first regular season game when they face off with King Kekaulike High School at Ka’ulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.