Pupule’s Fab 50: Girls Basketball
With the state tournament right around the corner, Jerry asked me for a list of 15 for office/photo purposes. So I made a list of nearly 50. Am I missing anybody? Let me know.
Note: This is not a final all-state list or anything like that. It’s just my opinion, and there are a few players on this list I haven’t seen. But most of them have been watched by these Pupule eyes.
Pupule’s Fab 50 (rough draft)
Subject to change. Maybe daily.
1. Chanelle Molina, Konawaena, G/F, Jr. > Offered by UH as a Soph. Plus: Great all-around skills and athleticism. Q: Can she hit the 3?
2. Cameron Fernandez, Lahainaluna, G, Jr. > Plus: Tremendous slasher, physical to the basket and long defensively. Q: Can she hit the 3?
3. Keala Quinlan, Roosevelt, G/F, Jr. > Plus: Developed a solid post game to go with her 3-point range. Q: Can she avoid unnecessary fouls?
4. Alexis Pana, Hilo, G/F > Plus: Tremendous defender, fast in transition. Q: Can she dominate offensively while having to play the post defensively?
5. Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena, PG, Fr. > Offer from UH. Plus: 3-point range, great court vision and penetration. Q: How will she fare in her first state tourney?
6. Jerri Maluyo, Leilehua, G, Sr. > Plus: Relentless defensive effort, good slasher, 3-point range out to 23 feet. Scored 27 points against Moanalua and 24 against Roosevelt in the playoffs. Q: How will she handle double and triple teams?
7. Celena Jane Molina, Konawaena, F/C, So. > Offer from UH > Plus: Great passer and rebounder, held her own against 6-4 and 6-2 posts of Riverdale Baptist, Miramonte, St. Mary’s. Q: How consistent is her mid-range J?
8. Victoria Kintz, Kaimuki, G, So. > Plus: Tremendous 3-point shooter, fearless against double teams, finishes strong at the basket. Q: Can she avoid unnecessary fouls?
9. Maegan Martin, Maryknoll, F/C > Plus: Excellent all-around skills. Q: Can she take over a game when they need points?
10. Jasmine Moody, Radford, F/C > Plus: Athletic defender at 6-1, persistent attacker of the rim, lefty shooter, can hit the mid-range J. Q: Can she go right?
11. Patria Vaimaona, Kailua, F/C, Sr. > Plus: Reliable low-post scorer. Q: Can she elevate her team in her final state tourney?
12. Tyra Moe, Punahou, F/C, Jr. > Plus: Versatile, reliable FT shooter. Q: Can she become a dominant scorer?
13. Folau Hafoka, Lahainaluna, F, Sr. > Plus: 3-point range, can outrebound taller posts. Q: Can she outplay the state’s best?
14. Va‘e Malufau, Punahou, F/C, Jr. > Plus: Possibly the strongest interior defender in the state. Q: Can she hit the elbow J?
15. Starr Rivera, Roosevelt, G, Sr. > Plus: Tenacious on-ball defender, good rebounder for her position, a blur on the fastbreak. Q: Can she get to the FT line more often?
16. Sharice Kawakami, Roosevelt, G, Sr. > Plus: NBA range on her 3, tough defender, key to her team’s fastbreak. Q: Can she stay out of foul trouble?
17. Shantel Appleby, Mililani, F (injured) > Apparently suffered a knee injury late in the regular season.
18. Riana Arima, KS-Hawaii > Plus: High hoops IQ, strong to the basket. Q: Can she score big while running the offense?
19. Fiemea Hafoka, Lahainaluna, G, Jr. > Plus: Key part of her team’s great swarming fullcourt press. Q: Can she consistently hit the open 3 with the departure of three senior shooters?
20. Lindsay Bates, Konawaena, G, Sr. > Plus: Physical and tough, fearless against rebounders a foot taller, can hit the open 3. Q: No questions.
21. Elle Uyeda, Punahou, G > Plus: Good court vision, unselfish almost to a fault, solid mid-range shooter. Q: Can she knock down the 3 when defenses pack it in on Moe and Malufau?
22. Tywanna Abbott, Leilehua, F/C > Plus: Dominated the OIA West, very quick against post defenders. Q: Outplayed by Quinlan in the playoffs, will she bounce back?
23. Aloha Salem, Konawaena, G, Sr. > Plus: Arguably the best streak shooter in the state, hit 14 treys and finished with 46 points against HPA. Q: When defenses lock down, what will she contribute?
24. Camy Aguinaldo, ‘Iolani, G > Plus: Aggressive penetrator. Q: Will she develop a mid-range game?
25. Mikiala Maio, Kamehameha, PG, So. > Plus: Strong ballhandler, good court vision, has a nice game around the basket. Q: Can she avoid foul trouble?
26. Ciera O’Brien, Nanakuli, G > Plus: Very quick, at her best in transition. Q: Can she help her team minimize turnovers?
27. Brooke Ho, Kaiser, C > Plus: Developed tremendously in the low post over the past three months. Q: Can she stay out of foul trouble?
28. Ihi Victor, Konawaena, F/C > Plus: Experienced, key contributor in the post. Q: Can she take advantage inside when defenses focus on her team’s guards?
29. Alexis Delovio, Maryknoll, G > Plus: Quick, smart playmaker. Q: Can she thrive in a guard-heavy state tourney?
30. Keleah-aiko Koloi, Lahainaluna, F, Jr. > Plus: Rangy wing is athletic and long. Q: Can she hit the perimeter shot consistently?
31. Molimau Heimuli, Farrington > Plus: Speedy guard is a menace defensively. Q: Can she lift her team to another level?
32. Sierra Buscher, ‘Iolani, F/C > Plus: Strong post defender, long arms, plays within herself. Q: Can she get better at basketball when volleyball is her primary sport?
33. Shantel Aleki, Kamehameha, C, Sr. > Plus: Smart defender, quick to the ball on rebounds, unselfish offensively. Q: Can she develop a solid perimeter shot at the next level?
34. Tau Williams, Kailua, G > Plus: Fast and very effective when aggressive. Scored 44 points in a game last year. Q: Can she get stronger with the ball and create more layups?
35. Tara Takata, Kailua, PG, Sr. > Plus: Solid perimeter shooter who looks for her post (Vaimaona). Q: Is there still gas in the tank after a season of long minutes?
36. Kyle Johnson, Aiea, 18.8 ppg
37. Emily Nomura, ‘Iolani, G > Plus: Sneaky scorer who is relentless in her team’s fullcourt press. Q:
38. Kamaile Kandiah, Punahou, G > Plus: Very good on-ball defender. Q: Can she hit shots more consistently? That might be the difference between another state title or not.
39. Taylor Bates, Konawaena, G, Sr. > Plus: Solid defender, ballhandler and 3-point shooter
40. Brooke Maeda, ‘Iolani, G > Plus: Quick defender, dangerous on the transition 3.
Close… (no particular order)
Shalyn Guthier, Hilo, G, Sr.
Tayhila-Lee Chong, Waianae
Kaylie Espinas, Kalani
Allani Tatapu, Farrington
Sienna Ho, Moanalua
Melina Souza, Damien
Naal Solomon-Lewis, Kohala
Rose Shimaoka, Kaiser, G
All-Defense (no particular order)
Kamaile Kandiah, Punahou, G
Shantel Kawakami, Roosevelt, G, Sr.
Chanelle Molina, Konawaena, G/F, Jr.
Alexis Pana, Hilo, G/F
Celena Jane Molina, Konawaena, F/C, So.
Jasmine Moody, Radford, F/C
Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena, PG, Fr.
Starr Rivera, Roosevelt, G, Sr.
Fiamea Hafoka, Lahainaluna, G, Sr.
Sierra Buscher, ‘Iolani, F/C, Sr.
Molimau Heimuli, Farrington, G