Maryknoll still No. 1, Hilo lands at No. 9

Maryknoll's Dakota Viena drove to the basket against Kamehameha's Kiana Vierra in a game last week. The Spartans won and are still undefeated in ILH play. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

For the seventh week in a row, the Maryknoll Spartans are the unanimous pick by coaches and media as the No. 1 team in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10.

The Spartans repelled Mid-Pacific 64-44, then-No. 2 Kamehameha 45-36 and Punahou 60-26 last week. Maryknoll is 8-0 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (22-2 overall) and has clinched at least a tie for first place in the regular season.

Maryknoll can seal first place and an automatic state-tournament berth with a win at Sacred Hearts tonight. They also host ‘Iolani on Wednesday.

Kamehameha (15-4, 6-3 ILH) took a tumble after losing to ‘Iolani 60-45 and Maryknoll, both home games. The Warriors dropped to No. 5 in the Top 10 and fell out of contention mathematically for the regular-season title.

The Warriors entertain Punahou on Tuesday.

Konawaena (20-2, 8-0 BIIF) moved from the third spot to No. 2. The defending state champions edged Waiakea 38-35 and routed Honokaa 64-24.

The Wildcats host Kealakehe on Wednesday and will trek to Kamehameha-Hawaii on Saturday.

‘Iolani (13-6, 7-2 ILH) with Taylor Wu back in the lineup, leaped two spots to No. 3. Since losing to Maryknoll on Jan. 4, the Raiders have been victorious over Mid-Pacific, Kamehameha, Punahou and Sacred Hearts.

The Raiders travel to Maryknoll on Wednesday.

Lahainaluna (19-4, 10-0 MIL) defeated Kamehameha-Maui 57-28 to extend its win streak to 145 games in league play. The Lunas host Maui on Thursday.

No. 6 St. Francis (20-0, 12-0 ILH D-II), No. 7 Waiakea (13-7, 6-2 BIIF) and No. 8 Mililani (13-7, 10-0 OIA West) are status quo this week. Hilo (12-4, 8-1 BIIF) made its first appearance in the Top 10 after upsetting Waiakea 41-39 last week.

Hawaii Baptist (20-5, 11-1 ILH D-II) slipped one notch down to No. 10 despite wins over Kamehameha II (56-32) and Hanalani (65-24).

Mid-Pacific (8-12, 2-8 ILH) dropped out of the poll after a 68-64 loss to Sacred Hearts and a 54-30 loss to Kamehameha. The Owls have lost four league games in a row.

Seven teams outside of the Top 10 received votes this week: Sacred Hearts 10, Mid-Pacific 6, Kahuku 3, Moanalua 3, Kamehameha-Hawaii 2, Radford 2, Kalani 1.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
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