Defending state champ ‘Iolani opens at No. 1 in Girls Hoops Top 10

'Iolani had just eight available players but still cruised by Konawaena in a tournament at McKinley. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

Defending state champion ‘Iolani is riding high already in the new girls basketball season.

The Raiders are 4-0, including a lopsided win over Konawaena, and collected all 10 first-place votes in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 on Monday. Konawaena (3-1), which defeated Kamehameha and Maryknoll two weeks ago, is No. 2.

Punahou finished last season out of the Top 10, but is already 9-1 in nonconference play and landed at No. 6 between Waiakea and Hilo. Kalani, which finished No. 4 last season, has been depleted by injury (Kalena Halunajan), transfers and graduation. The Lady Falcons are 1-5 and unranked.

Seabury Hall, which stunned defending Division II state champion Hawaii Baptist and lost to Punahou 49-42 in the final of the Sacred Hearts Invitational, is at No. 10. The Lady Spartans are 5-1.

Mid-Pacific (six), Mililani (four) and Kaiser (one) also received at least one vote.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 9 (final)
1.Waiakea (15)150
2.Baldwin 133
3.Saint Louis 122
5.Pearl City67


  1. Wainakea December 4, 2019 2:33 am

    Looks like its gonna be another chaotic year. Interested to see what Seabury could do, and how the OIA teams will bounce back through the season.

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