‘Iolani remains atop the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 for a third week in a row.
The Raiders lost to then-No. 5 Kamehameha on Friday, but still collected more points in the rankings. ‘Iolani played without starter Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu (ankle), which may have played a role on the ballots of coaches and media.
Kamehameha (7-2) improved to 2-0 in ILH play and is now at No. 2 in the Top 10. The Warriors gathered six of the 10 first-place votes. ‘Iolani had just three first-place votes.
Kalani remained at No. 3 after opening OIA East play with lopsided wins over Moanalua and Kalaheo. Lahainaluna was status quo at No. 4 following a 75-6 win over Baldwin to open MIL play.
Maryknoll (10-1) made the biggest drop, going from No. 2 to No. 5 after losing at home to ‘Iolani.
Two big games tonight are ‘Iolani at No. 9 Punahou and No. 8 Hilo at No. 6 Konawaena. The ‘Iolani-Punahou game was originally scheduled at ‘Iolani. Raiders coach Dean Young said the schedule was changed recently and the game will be at Punahou’s Hemmeter Fieldhouse.
Punahou opened ILH play with a decisive win over Sacred Hearts and is 6-0 overall.
‘Iolani topped Maryknoll on Wednesday before falling to Kamehameha on Friday.
“The Kamehameha game two days after the Maryknoll game was really tough,” Young said. “Playing Punahou with only one practice to game plan was tough again. Love it and hate it.”
Game planning without the injured Wahinekapu, one of the top two-way guards in the state, might sound like a powerhouse team’s kind of problem. In the ILH, though, every player matters. This may be the most parity in ILH basketball since the 2000s.
“No excuses,” Young added. “I have to do a better job.”
Hilo upended No. 7 Waiakea early in preseason and now has a chance to derail Konawaena’s longtime win streak in BIIF play. Konawaena, the three-time defending state champion, is led by All-State Fab 15 selection Caiyle Kaupu.
Mililani (6-3 overall) opened OIA West play with dominant wins over Nanakuli and Campbell. The Trojans landed at No. 10 today, replacing Sacred Hearts. Mililani defeated SHA in the first week of preseason.
Mid-Pacific (two) was the only other team to receive votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|