Girls basketball

(Here is the extended version of this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser feature story on the Molina sisters of Konawaena) These could be the two most memorable years in their young lives. They’re three regular sisters, other than the part where they’re all fantastic at playing basketball. Two of them love “Love and Basketball.” The middle child, […]

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The Star-Advertiser girls basketball Top 10 is out for the first time this season. Rank, School, (first-place votes), points, last year’s final ranking 1. Konawaena (14), 149, 5 2. Roosevelt, 110, 6 3. Lahainaluna, 109, 2 3. Maryknoll, 109, 7 5. Punahou (1), 101, 1 6. Iolani, 62, 10 7. Hilo, 51, 4 7. Kamehameha, […]

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Konawaena’s 5-foot-8 and under lineup faced another nationally-ranked team in this ‘Iolani Classic matchup. The Lady Crusaders of Riverdale Baptist features four college prospects and their front line measures at 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1. Chanelle Molina scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats (13-0) to an upset victory. Riverdale was ranked No. 1 by […]

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‘Iolani Classic All-Tournament Team Mi’cole Cayton, St. Mary’s (Calif.) Aquira DeCosta, St. Mary’s Keana Delos Santos, Miramonte (Calif.) Honesty Grayson, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) Sabrina Inoescu, Miramonte Jiana Li, Shenzhen (China) Celena Jane Molina, Konawaena Lena Niang, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) Keala Quinlan, Roosevelt Most outstanding player: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena Most valuable player: Kat Tudor, St. Mary’s

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Anything Konawaena could do, national powerhouse St. Mary’s could do a little better. Almost anything. The Rams from Stockton, Calif. opened a 16-point lead in the second half and then hung on for dear life to beat Konawaena 68-59 in the championship game of the ‘Iolani Classic. St. Mary’s (3-0), ranked No. 10 nationally by […]

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Half: St. Mary’s (Calif.) 41, Konawaena 29 It’s been a rough go for the upset-minded Wildcats against a swarming, trapping Rams defense. The normally sure-handed ‘Cats have 10 turnovers against the nation’s No. 10 team. End Q3: St. Mary’s 57, Konawaena 46 The Rams opened the lead to 52-36, but Konawaena made a run and […]

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It was a long 48 hours for the team from mauka side. Kealakekua is mostly on a slope, its local high school bordered by ranch land, cows and horses. Perched roughly 800 feet above the sea, it takes some time to get down to historic Kealakekua Bay. When the Konawaena Wildcats arrived on Oahu after […]

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VIDEO: Konawaena vs. Miramonte

by Paul Honda on December 13, 2014

This battle between five-time Hawaii state champion Konawaena and No. 23 Miramonte went down to the final minute. It featured incredible performances from Konawaena’s Chanelle Molina (27 points, six rebounds, seven assists) and Miramonte’s Sabrina Ionescu (39 points, 17 rebounds, six steals, five assists, three blocks and six 3-pointers. Note: Videos re-uploaded 12/14/14.

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Took almost an hour to get from the OIA-ILH Challenge (Moanalua High School) to ‘Iolani, where the Konawaena-Riverdale Baptist game was running about 45 minutes late. Thank you, Lord. Riverdale is 3-1 and ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Writers Poll. Q1: Riverdale 9, Konawaena 7 The Crusaders, ranked first or 16th depending […]

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It’s Friday morning, which means the busy week is winding down for most humans. For hoopaholics, however, things are just getting a little more interesting. What have we learned after one day of the ‘Iolani Classic and OIA-ILH Challenge? >> Konawaena is unflappable. The Wildcats are one of the smallest teams in the Classic, yet […]

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