Konawaena steady at No. 21 nationally

The Konawaena Wildcats aren’t climbing the charts, but they haven’t been demoted, either.

The latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Girls Basketball Rankings released on Thursday has Hawaii’s top squad at No. 21. Konawaena, coached by five-time state championship coach Bobbie Awa, was at No. 21 last week.

The Wildcats are 21-1 overall. They’re still riding the momentum of two upset wins over ranked teams — Miramonte (Calif.) and Riverdale Baptist (Md.) during the ‘Iolani Classic in December. They gave eventual tourney champion St. Mary’s (Calif.) a tough rub before losing.

Konawaena is still not ranked or even mentioned among the second 25 in the USA Today Super 25, which has not published a girls basketball national ranking since December. Riverdale Baptist, which lost to Konawaena 49-41, is still ranked at No. 24.


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