Spurred by a 3-0 run through the Sacred Hearts Academy Invitational, the ‘Iolani Raiders retained their hold of No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top Ten today.
The Raiders had just three of 10 first-place votes last week, but collected nine of those ducats this time. ‘Iolani is 9-0 already and posted a win over Sacred Hearts in its Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener last Monday.
Maryknoll (10-0) replaced Konawaena at No. 2. The team with no seniors had a quiet week, overwhelming Kahuku 63-33 on Wednesday. The visiting Lady Raiders played without All-State Fab 15 center Sisilia Kaufusi (injury).
Kalani made the biggest jump, launching from the sixth spot to No. 3. The Lady Falcons swept through the Konawaena Invitational with victories over the host Wildcats (65-54), Hilo (60-51) and Lahainaluna (50-41). Those wins over three ranked opponents have the Falcons at 7-2 overall as they build chemistry with returnees and new additions like Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole.
Lahainaluna (3-3) and Kamehameha (5-2) remained at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Lady Lunas edged Hilo (43-42) and Konawaena (61-52, four overtimes) at the Invitational, but lost to Kalani. All-State forward Susitina Namoa sat for most of the Kalani game with an ankle injury.
Waiakea (6-3) remained at No. 7 after going 4-2 in two tournaments on Oahu. The Warriors’ wins were over Kaiser (57-40), Mid-Pacific (77-61), Castle (67-48) and Sacred Hearts (64-51). They lost to Kamehameha (64-51) and ‘Iolani (66-55) on Friday.
Hilo (1-2) was tied with Waiakea at the seventh spot last week, but dropped a notch to No. 8. The Vikings lost to Lahainaluna and Kalani at Konawaena’s tourney.
Punahou (4-0) and Sacred Hearts (9-3, 0-1 ILH) remained status quo at No. 9 and No. 10. Punahou, with longtime boys D-II coach Gary Pacarro directing the D-I girls, is 4-0, including wins last week over Moanalua (78-33) and McKinley (64-24).
The Buffanblu will host Sacred Hearts on Tuesday. At their tournament, the Lancers posted decisive wins over Radford (53-33) and Kaimuki (61-40) before falling to Waiakea.
The teams receiving votes are Mililani and Mid-Pacific. Mililani (4-3) have wins over Sacred Hearts, Mid-Pacific (twice) and Moanalua. Their losses were to Maryknoll, Kamehameha and ‘Iolani.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Jan. 23|