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