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: Mar. 16|