For a fifth week in a row, the ‘Iolani Raiders are No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10.
The Raiders collected nine out of 10 first-place votes for the latest balloting on Monday. Lahainaluna has one first-place mention.
‘Iolani (14-6, 5-1 ILH) played in the Title IX DC Classic over the weekend, losing three games to powerhouse teams, including No. 9 National Christian Academy (Md.). The Raiders were competitive, but dropped as deep as No. 6 on one voter’s ballot.
It was still enough to outpoint Lahainaluna, which won its 150th consecutive game in Maui Interscholastic League play on Thursday, beating Baldwin 51-19.
Kamehameha (10-4, 4-2 ILH) remained at No. 3 following a 56-31 exhibition win over Hidden Valley (Ore.) on Saturday.
The next two teams in the poll have no seniors on their rosters. Maryknoll (14-2, 3-2 ILH), like Kamehameha, defeated Hidden Valley (67-41) in its lone game last week. The Lady Spartans were as high as No. 2 in week two.
Konawaena (8-2, 7-0 BIIF) has taken significant leaps forward with the emergence of freshman Kaliana Salazar-Harrell. With lopsided wins over Kamehameha-Hawaii and Pahoa, the Wildcats remain at No. 5.
Punahou (9-2, 4-2 ILH), Kalani (15-6, 7-1 OIA), Hilo (7-3, 5-1 BIIF), Waiakea (13-4, 5-1 BIIF) and Kahuku (9-4, 8-0 OIA) round out the Top 10.
Kalani dropped a notch to No. 7 despite convincing wins over Kaiser and Roosevelt. The return of Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole and Alayna Akiona has bolstered the Falcon attack.
Hilo flip-flopped positions with Waiakea after edging the Warriors 49-43 in BIIF play last week. The Vikings had also outscored their rivals 88-75 in a preseason game.
Kahuku enters the Top 10 for the first time this season after defeating Kailua and Kaiser. The Lady Raiders are unbeaten in the OIA East despite the departure of standout post Sisilia Kaufusi, who transferred to Provo High School in Utah.
Last week’s No. 10 team, Mililani, fell out of the rankings despite an 8-0 mark in OIA West play.
Mililani, Sacred Hearts and Mid-Pacific also received votes from the panel of coaches and media.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Jan. 21|