No. 10 Kahuku overtakes No. 6 Kalani
Kahuku's Leiah Naeata rises up for a layup against Kalani Tuesday night. Greg Yamamoto | SL
In a showdown between the top two teams in the OIA East, the knockout punch came in the final period of play.
Tenth-ranked Kahuku outscored No. 6 Kalani by eight in the fourth quarter for a 51-48 win to at Earl C. Homer Gymnasium to pull into first place in the OIA Division I East standings Tuesday night.
Leiah Naeata scored 22 points to lead the Red Raiders, who improved to 5-0 in the league standings.
Aja Tapusoa had 15 points and Meleane Tonga added 10 more to round out the top contributors for Kahuku.
The Falcons, who dropped to 4-1, were led by Kalena Halunajan's 23 points in the loss.
Kahuku led 14-9 after the first quarter, but Kalani cut the deficit down to one at the half, 26-25.
The home team rode the momentum after the break and led 40-35 after three quarters of play before the Red Raiders took control in the fourth quarter.