Konawaena two-sport standout Chanelle Molina is the Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball player of the year for the third time in a row, the Gatorade Company announced Thursday.
Molina, who led the Wildcats to a 26-1 overall record and the state Division I championship, was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s player of the year last week. She also made the newsapeper’s girls volleyball All-State team in the fall.
The 5-foot-7 senior guard averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and 7.6 assists per game, including a 24-point night in a 44-34 win over Maryknoll for Konawaena’s second straight state title. She was also a Big Island Interscholastic Federation player of the year four times in a row.
Molina has a 3.45 grade-point average and has volunteered on behalf of the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association’s Pink Zone initiative to promote breast cancer awareness and as part of an elementary school literacy-outreach initiative.
“Chanelle Molina is a phenomenal player and probably one of the best to come out of Hawaii,” Elizabeth Kam, the head coach at rival Punahou, said. “It’s not only her athleticism and skill set that set her apart, but also her basketball IQ and ability to read defenders and make the right plays consistently are on point. From what I’ve observed while coaching against her, she is a very humble, gracious and hard-working player. Each year she consistently got better, but did so with humility and great respect for the game of basketball, her coaches and her team.”
Molina has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at Washington State.
The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.
‘Iolani’s Jamie Smith in 2008 was the last player from an Oahu school to be named the Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball player of the year.
Recent Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball players of the year
>> 2016: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2015: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2014: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2013: Aliyah Pana, Hilo
>> 2012: Dawnyelle Awa, Konawaena
>> 2011: Maiki Viela, Lahainaluna
>> 2010: Maiki Viela, Lahainaluna
>> 2009: Kanisha Bello, Waiakea
>> 2008: Jamie Smith, ‘Iolani
>> 2007: Shawna-Lei Kuehu, Punahou