Kahuku, Waiakea jump in Top 10 poll

Kahuku won its first OIA girls basketball title since 2005 last week. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The ‘Iolani Raiders remain at No. 1 for a 10th consecutive week in today’s Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10.

‘Iolani (20-6) completed its Interscholastic League of Honolulu season on Saturday, defeating No. 3 Kamehameha 60-48 for the title. The season-long No. 1 status for ‘Iolani is a rarity for any program. The Raiders are likely to be the top seed when the Hawaii High School Athletic Association reveals the seedings, pairings and brackets for the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Wednesday after the conclusion of the Maui Interscholastic League season.

The frontrunning Lady Lunas of Lahainaluna have won 160 MIL games in a row and are ranked No. 2 again this week. Lahainaluna (16-4) are 3-4 against Top 10 teams, including preseason wins over Kamehameha, Hilo and Konawaena.

No. 3 Kamehameha (15-6), the ILH runner-up, earned one of two state berths allotted to the league. The Warriors are 9-7 against Top 10 foes.

Waiakea and Kahuku made the biggest leaps in the poll after winning their respective leagues. No. 4 Waiakea (20-4) defeated Kealakehe and host Konawaena in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation playoffs to claim its first league title since 2008, ending Konawaena’s run of 10 consecutive crowns.

Kahuku (14-4) zoomed from No. 9 to No. 5 after overpowering Kaiser and Kalani to take the Oahu Interscholastic Association title. The Lady Raiders have not lost since Nov. 28, when they visited Maryknoll.

Kalani (20-6) and Maryknoll (20-5) are tied at No. 6 in the rankings. Kalani finished second the OIA. Maryknoll was third in the ILH standings and lost in the playoff semifinals to Kamehameha, ending its season.

Konawaena (10-4) dropped one spot to No. 9 after losing to Waiakea. The Wildcats will enter the state tourney as an unseeded team for the first time in 10 seasons.

Mililani (16-4) moved up a notch to No. 9 after placing third in the OIA.

Hilo (11-3) slipped two places to No. 10. The Vikings lost to host Konawaena in the BIIF semifinals.

The only other team to receive votes is Punahou (11-6), which got two.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kamehameha (10)100


  1. Wow January 29, 2019 7:13 am

    You guys show no respect for Kahuku.

  2. Wow January 29, 2019 10:21 am

    You guys know that Kahuku beat Kamehameha right?

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