Wildcats bolstered playoff hopes with OT victory over Hilo
Jalen Gambee- led Konawaena bolstered its BIIF water polo postseason hopes with a pair of victories Saturday at Kona Community Aquatic Center.
In the most dramatic of five matches, Payton Walters scored in overtime to lift the Wildcats past Hilo 10-9.
Gambee powered Konawaena (4-7) with a seven-goal onslaught, and Walters recorded a hat trick.
Jaelyn Estabilio scored four goals for the Vikings (2-8), including two in the fourth quarter to help send the game to OT.
The Wildcats also beat Waiakea 7-4 to leapfrog the Warriors (3-6) for fourth place, with Gambee scoring four more goals. Jasmine Early tallied a hat trick for for Waiakea.
Konawaena and Waiakea are scheduled to play again Wednesday.
Kamehameha (12-0), meanwhile, wrapped up its first undefeated regular season since 2014, beating Hawaii Prep 10-3 behind Emma Kanoa’s five goals.
Kealakehe also took to the pool once, getting four goals from Hannah Tomlinson to beat Waiakea 10-6.
The Waveriders (8-3) and Ka Makani (8-3) will play Friday in the BIIF semifinals at Kamehameha’s Naeole Pool.
Also on Saturday, HPA handled winless Keaau 19-1. Sarah Houser led the way with five goals.