Konawaena finishes No. 17 nationally

2014-15 HHSAA girls basketball champions: Konawaena Wildcats. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
2014-15 HHSAA girls basketball champions: Konawaena Wildcats. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Girls basketball state champion Konawaena has finished at No. 17 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings released this week.

Konawaena (31-1) scored wins over perennial national powerhouses Riverdale Baptist (Md.) and Miramonte (Calif.) at the ‘Iolani Classic. The Wildcats’ only loss came against St. Mary’s (Calif.) in the Classic final, 68-59.

St. Mary’s finished the season at No. 3 in the same rankings list.

Led by player of the year Chanelle Molina, the Wildcats will return most of their core players next season: all-state Fab 15 selections Celena Jane Molina, Cherilyn Molina and Ihi Victor. Coach Bobbie Awa has guided the team to six state championships since 2004.

Konawaena state championship scores
2004 Konawaena 51, Kahuku 41
2007 Konawaena 59, Punahou 47
2009 Konawaena 54, Punahou 50, 2 OT
2011 Konawaena 49, Punahou 45
2012 Konawaena 56, ‘Iolani 45
2015 Konawaena 51, Lahainaluna 41

Konawaena state-championship runner-up scores
2005 Punahou 52, Konawaena 50, 2 OT
2010 Lahainaluna 47, Konawaena 45
2013 Kamehameha 45, Konawaena 39, OT


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