Preseason: Trojans narrowly defeat girls basketball


Photo by Holly Honda

Kimani Fernandez-Roy shoots for a field goal of two points during girls basketball’s second preseason match, this one against Mililani, at Lahainaluna High School, Nov. 25.

LAHAINA– Mililani High School’s girls basketball team defeated the Kamehameha Maui Warriors by three points during a preseason tournament at Lahainaluna High School, Friday night.

In the first quarter, the Trojans made 12 points. Kayla Torres made most of the points with two field goals, one worth two points and the other worth three points.

The Warriors made 9 points. Brylee Carillo made three free throws, Kimani Fernandez-Roy made one free throw and a field goal of two points, and Ashley Taylor Peralta made a field goal of three points.

The Trojans stayed in the lead throughout the second quarter by scoring 10 points. Six points came from Dahlis Sablay, by two field goals for a combined five points and one foul shot.

Mikiala Sniffen made two field goals for four points and Peralta made three points, giving the Warriors 16 points by the end of the half.

“We started to finish our shots and boxed out for rebounds,” Fernandez-Roy said.

The third quarter ended 32-24, with the Trojans in the lead.

Kalena Gibson, Dahlis Sablay and Kayla Torres together made seven points for the Trojans, while the Warriors’ Kaylee Cambra, Fernandez-Roy and Peralta together improved their shooting percentage and put up 12 points to close the gap, yet the Trojans won, 39-36.

“[They made] 20% [of their shots] in the key and 10% outside. They had a lot of good shots”, coach Danny Aguirre said.

Although they showed improvement over their first tournament match against Konawaena, to win in the regular season, the girls “are going to work on passing,” Coach Aguirre said. They will also work on reducing turnovers. They had 24 in this game.

Being within three points of a team that is 6-2 in the O’ahu Interscholastic League so far hints that this will be a season to watch. See the Maui Warriors at home in their first regular season game when they play King Kekaulike High School at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at home.