Theresa Anakalea pours in 32, Damien routs Leilehua

Theresa Anakalea was already sparking Damien to roundball success as a junior in the 2021-22 season. This year, Damien is in Division I and unbeaten in nonconference play. Photo by George Lee/Star-Advertiser

Theresa Anakalea is on a rampage.

The Damien guard opened the Pa‘ani Tournament at Punahou with a 27-point game in the Monarchs’ 80-24 win over Hilo on Wednesday. On Thursday, the senior pumped in 32 points in Damien’s 51-29 win over Leilehua.

Damien is now 4-0 in nonconference play. Anakalea scored 26 points in a season-opening 64-42 win over Kauai, then had 16 in a 50-48 squeaker over Kapaa. She isn’t a one-woman team. Tiare Arquero and Kenna Wengler are scorers and playmakers. Post Shastyne Selesele is a force in the paint.

Next up is Mid-Pacific, which lost to Moanalua, 36-21, then beat Punahou I-AA, 34-29, at the tourney. Damien’s final game in the event is on Saturday morning against unbeaten Esperanza (Calif.), which beat host Punahou, 47-39, and Moanalua, 48-33.

Esperanza’s crafty point guard, Kaiya Mack, has scored 23 points in each of the Aztecs’ tourney games. Esperanza arrived on Wednesday at 3 p.m., then got on the court a few hours later, coach Jimmy Valverde said.

Friday, Dec. 2
Pa‘ani Tournament (Punahou)
No. 8 Damien vs. Mid-Pacific, 5 pm (ewa)
Esperanza (Calif.) vs. Hilo, 5 pm (ewa)
Leilehua vs. No. 6 Punahou, 6:30 pm (main)
Punahou I-AA vs. Moanalua, 6:30 pm (ewa)

Lancer Jamboree (Sacred Hearts)
At Sacred Hearts gym
Kalaheo vs. Sacred Hearts, 4 pm
Kalani vs. La Pietra, 5:30 pm
Waimea vs. Hawaii Baptist, 7 pm

Saturday, Dec. 3
Pa‘ani Tournament (Punahou)
Punahou I-AA vs. Hilo, 9 am (main)
Esperanza (Calif.) vs. No. 8 Damien, 10:30 am (main)
Leilehua vs. Mid-Pacific, noon (main)
No. 6 Punahou vs. Moanalua, 1:30 pm (main)

Lancer Jamboree (Sacred Hearts)
At Sacred Hearts
Sacred Hearts vs. Waimea, 1:30 pm
Hawaii Baptist vs. Kalani, 3 pm
La Pietra vs. Kalaheo, 4:30 pm


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