From start to finish: ‘Iolani rules as No. 1

The 'Iolani Raiders reacted as a buzzer shot made by Kamehameha's Kalina Obrey was counted at the buzzer. A few minutes later, Obrey's shot was discounted and the Raiders won the HHSAA championship, 52-49. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser

Twelve weeks of polling.

Twelve weeks of ‘Iolani at the top. The Raiders capped their state-championship campaign with a No. 1 finish in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 today.

‘Iolani went 23-6 overall, outlasting Kamehameha 52-49 in the state final on Saturday night. The Raiders were 14-6 against ranked opposition. Of those losses, five were to mainland powerhouses. Against Hawaii teams, ‘Iolani was 23-1, with the lone loss coming at home against Kamehameha on Dec. 7.

Kamehameha (18-7) finished No. 2, the highest ranking for the Warriors sine Week 4 (Dec. 17).

Konawaena’s streak of four consecutive state titles came to an end, but the Wildcats soared five spots to No. 3 in the final Top 10 after finishing third in the state tourney. Konawaena (14-5) defeated Leilehua, Kahuku and Kalani at the big dance, losing only to eventual champion ‘Iolani. The young Wildcats will return their entire roster next season.

Maryknoll (20-5), the highest-ranked squad that missed the state tourney, moved up a notch to No. 5.

BIIF champion Waiakea (22-5), MIL champion Lahainaluna (20-6) and OIA champion Kahuku (16-6) filled the next three spots. Hilo (13-3) and Mililani (17-5) round out the Top 10.

Division II state champion Hawaii Baptist (25-6) and Punahou (11-6) also received five votes apiece.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Mar. 27
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  1. M.T. February 12, 2019 8:24 am

    Based on all the teams I saw, this is who I thought was the best from top to bottom.

    1. Iolani
    2. Kamehameha
    3. Maryknoll
    4. Kalani
    5. Hilo
    6. Waiakea
    7. Konawaena
    8. Sacred Hearts
    9. Kahuku
    10. Lahainaluna

  2. Basketball4lyfe February 12, 2019 9:28 am

    Wondering on everyone’s thoughts on who will be some of the top teams for next season . Iooks like Iolani,kam,Maryknoll and Punahou will be strong next season . Kahuku looks like the favorite in the oia . I think Hilo , Kona and waiakea returns everyone or at least all of their key contributors.

  3. 88 February 12, 2019 4:58 pm

    How is Kahuku the favorite in the OIA but they are ranked lower than a team they beat TWICE in OIA play…

  4. Jamoajam February 13, 2019 1:36 pm

    @M.T you must be a sacred hearts guy cuz all year you been saying sacred hearts should be ranked higher than kahuku just because they beat them in the pre-season. Kahuku beat Kamehameha in the pre-season but u still got them higher. Get your rankings out of here!

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