Girls basketball: Lunas streak continues with win over Warriors


Photo by Holly Honda

Team leader Ashley Peralta lays up for two points in the Jan. 21 match against Lahainaluna High School, at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium. The Lunas won 49-24.

The Lahainaluna High School girls basketball team continued their winning streak, with their 132nd Maui Interscholastic League win against the Warriors, at Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium, Jan. 21.

The Lunas took the first quarter with a lead of 13. Most points were made by field goals worth three points. The score was 19-6.

Their dominance continued to halftime. Lahaina scored 32 points by the end of the half to the Warriors’ 10 points.

“We always focus on defense. Defense does not take that much talent, but it takes a lot of effort, and [if] every girl on our team gives effort, then they can be successful,” Lunas head coach Todd Rickard said.

In the third quarter, Kamehameha Maui kept it close. The Lunas scored eight points while the Warriors scored six.

“We really stepped up on defense and just playing as a team, offensively and defensively…. No one was holding onto the ball to long. If we saw someone open, we’d pass,” Luna Keiko Aotaki said.

She said that passing benefited their defense and saved a lot of their energy.

The game ended with the Lunas scoring a total of 49 points, and the Warriors, 24.

“The girls played pretty hard… and decent,” Coach Rickard said.