Kohala’s Cowgirls OT win against Keaau

During an otherwise low-stakes BIIF girls basketball regular-season finale, Kohala’s Kiana Kauka put up a highlight-reel performance.

Kauka scored 37 points Saturday night, and the Cowgirls pushed past Keaau 74-65 in overtime in Kapaau.

Kauka made 14 field goals and nine free throws to record what is believed to be the high-scoring game of the BIIF season — girls or boys.

 She surpassed the 35 points Parker’s Conner Brown scored against Pahoa in December, and the Cowgirls (5-5) needed every one of those 37 to finally shake Destynee Williams and the Cougars (465), who were outscored 12-3 in OT.

Williams made six 3-pointers and scored 27 points.

Both teams head to Hilo Civic on Wednesday with different-sized tasks in different divisions in the BIIF semifinals.

Seeded third in Division II, Kohala looks to advance to the HHSAA tournament for the third consecutive season when it takes on perennial state contender Kamehameha (6-4), who has yet to beat a team that finished the regular season with a winning record. On Jan. 20 in Kapaau, the Warriors beat Kohala 47-35. Kauka scored 12 points in that one as the Cowgirls fell behind early.

The rematch is 4 p.m. Wednesday and the next game at 6:30 p.m. pits Keaau against nine-time BIIF champion Konawaena (1-0) in the first Division I semifinal. On Dec. 27 in Kealakekua, the Cougars hung around against the Wildcats for a bit before falling 75-34.