It’s far from unanimous, but the ‘Iolani Raiders have plenty of believers statewide.
Coaches and media voted ‘Iolani No. 1 in today’s season-opening Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 poll. Led by Taylor Wu and Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu, the run-and-gun Raiders are undefeated through nonconference play and open the season tonight at Sacred Hearts. ‘Iolani received three first-place votes.
Four-time defending state champion Konawaena opens its nonconference slate this week with a homecourt tourney at Col. Ellison Onizuka Gymnasium. The ‘Cats nabbed six of the 10 first-place votes. Versatile Fab 15 All-State selection Caiyle Kaupu is their top returnee.
Another unbeaten squad, Maryknoll, garnered one first-place vote and is No. 3 in the rankings. The Lady Spartans have been in hyper-speed mode with a blur of a fastbreak and nonstop fullcourt pressure. Jalen Tanuvasa scored 27 points in a win over Kaimuki last week for a lineup that has no seniors.
There’s a significant point gap after that. MIL dynasty Lahainaluna is No. 4, followed by Kamehameha and Kalani. BIIF title contenders Hilo and Waiakea are tied at No. 7. Hilo stunned Waiakea on Nov. 17, 88-75. Punahou and Sacred Hearts round out the Top 10.
Mililani (seven), Mid-Pacific (five) and Kahuku (two) also received votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|