ILH D-II champ MPI lands at No. 10 in Star-Advertiser Top 10

The eighth week of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 includes a few twists, including one involving No. 1 ‘Iolani and the Mid-Pacific Owls.

Mid-Pacific (20-3, 9-0 ILH D-II) landed in the Top 10 for the first time this season. The Owls are tied at No. 10 with Maui. Led by Madi Sagawa (15 points per game), MPI is the first team this season to reach the 20-win plateau, and by finishing first in the regular season, coach Reid Sagawa’s Owls have an automatic berth in the D-II state tournament with a likely first-round bye. Also, Hanalani and Hawaii Baptist also qualified out of the ILH for the D-II state tourney.

Mid-Pacific coach Reid Sagawa has his Owls in the Top 10. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

The Raiders remained at No. 1 despite a loss to Maryknoll last week. They also lost the faith of one of the voters from the coaches and media panel. For the first time this season, ‘Iolani (19-2, 10-1 ILH) is not a unanimous pick, and Konawaena (18-3, 9-0 BIIF) collected one of the 10 first-place votes.

In addition, Maryknoll (15-5, 7-4 ILH) moved up a notch to No. 3. That means Waiakea (14-1, 8-0 BIIF), which has been flawless against Hawaii competition, drops a spot to No. 4.

The most anticipated matchup of the BIIF season tips off at Col. Ellison Onizuka Gymnasium on Tuesday when Waiakea visits Konawaena.

The 5-through-8 spots remain frozen with Kamehameha (12-11, 3-8 ILH), Punahou (12-9, 3-8 ILH), Hilo (9-4, 7-2 BIIF) and Kahuku (14-7, 11-0 OIA East).

Lahainaluna (8-6, 8-2 MIL) returned to No. 9 after a 42-28 win over No. 10 Maui (12-4, 8-3 MIL).

Seabury Hall also received a vote.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Jan. 23
1.Konawaena (6)103
2.Maryknoll (2)97
3.‘Iolani (3)96


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