‘Iolani retains No. 1 status, Lunas rise to No. 2

'Iolani forward Jovi Lefotu (21) got around Kamehameha's Malie Marfil (2) during a game this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

For the fourth week in a row, the ‘Iolani Raiders are No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10, which was released today.

‘Iolani is 14-3, 5-1 in the brutally difficult Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The Raiders overpowered Mid-Pacific on Tuesday, then rallied past then-No. 2 Kamehameha with the return of Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu.

Lahainaluna (9-4, 4-0), one win away from posting its 150th consecutive win in Maui Interscholastic League play, skipped past Kamehameha to the No. 2 spot.

Kamehameha’s loss to ‘Iolani didn’t cost the Warriors too much in the rankings .The Warriors (9-4, 4-2 ILH) are at No. 3.

Maryknoll (13-2, 3-2 ILH) remained status quo at No. 4. The Lady Spartans toppled Punahou 52-44 in a battle of teams that were tied at No. 4 last week.

Defending state champion Konawaena leaped two spots to No. 5. The Wildcats played just one game in the past week, beating Hawaii Prep 52-19.

Kalani (13-6, 5-1 OIA) received one first-place ballot and remains at No. 6 despite a 51-48 home loss to Kahuku. The Lady Falcons saw guard Alayna Akiona return this week, but point forward Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole remains sidelined by injury.

Punahou (9-2, 4-2 ILH) dropped from a tie at No. 4 last week to No. 7. After losing at Maryknoll on Tuesday, the Buffanblu edged past Sacred Hearts 50-48.

Waiakea (11-3, 4-0 BIIF), Hilo (3-3, 2-1 BIIF) and Mililani (11-3, 6-0 OIA) round out the Top 10.

Also receiving votes: Kahuku 5, Sacred Hearts 2, Mid-Pacific 1.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

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


  1. C’mon..... December 24, 2018 4:49 pm

    One voter still giving Kalani the #1 vote. C’mon, don’t be a homer, be real. They definitely are one of the top teams in the OIA but to vote them #1 in the state is a reach. Keep the integrity of the voting panel when you vote. Maybe when Alayna and Kamalu are healthy you can argue your point. But vote for what the team is currently putting out on the court.

  2. Burgla December 24, 2018 7:35 pm

    How did Kalani get that 1st place vote??? Who!!

  3. Michael Freitas December 25, 2018 4:13 pm

    Stop crying it’s carrying over from football punahou ranked second in the state didn’t make the playoffs but farrington did even kamehameha is a lot better look at iolani girls volleyball if it was like the state tournament like football iolani wouldn’t have been in the state tournament and wouldn’t be state champs so especially ILH teams be happy the other sports there more than one team that’s make the state tournament not like football were the best teams should be playing

  4. Burgla December 25, 2018 4:39 pm

    Sure you on the right gripe list Mr Freitas? Kalani is throwing away their opportunity and a chance for their seniors to shine all because of Mok playing small ball only! Kalani is one of the most talent laden teams in the state period! He chooses to go small instead of pairing the SENIOR center with Kamalu thus making her play center. If they don’t change this there will be tears from a lot of people. Start and rely on All your seniors” experience”and there may be a chance.

  5. Burgla December 25, 2018 4:44 pm

    If Kalani figures out their starters and solid rotation; they win OIA easily; and ILH teams would have to rely on coaching just to get over the hump. Poor Kalani

  6. Raja daja December 25, 2018 5:23 pm

    Burgla your probably the guy at the kalani games cheering the loudest for them. Then come on here and complain lol typical

  7. Burgla December 25, 2018 6:39 pm

    If you know me raja, kool if not; keep ya comments directed at what I said; cause I don’t care how ya feel.

  8. 88 December 27, 2018 7:21 am

    Kalani lost to a team that’s not even in the top 10 AND at HOME. They should of dropped in the rankings. The fact that they are still #6 and received a 1st place shows how stoopid some of these voters are. You don’t base your decision off of who’s on the roster you base it on results.

  9. Burgla December 27, 2018 9:28 am

    Kalani loaded with talent; but the coaching sucks. Losing to kahuku proves it, even with injuries they could have won the game. Again; who gave a 1st place vote?? BS!

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