Season-long No. 1 ‘Iolani loses some ground entering states

'Iolani guard Alexis Huntimer, left, stole the ball away from Maryknoll forward Serenity Moananu (4) as guard Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu (23) assisted during a game this season. The Raiders are looking to defend their state title this week. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Since week one of the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10, defending state champion ‘Iolani has ruled at No. 1

As the Snapple/HHSAA State Championships tip off today, the Raiders have a season-low eight first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. Konawaena collected the other two No. 1 votes in today’s poll.

Both teams have first-round byes through today’s opening round. So does No. 6 Kahuku, champion of the OIA, and No. 9 Lahainaluna of the MIL.

‘Iolani has not played since Jan. 27 and will meet the Moanalua-Kaiser winner on Thursday at Moanalua gym. The Raiders lost to Maryknoll on Jan. 14, then won five in a row, including two against the Spartans by 20 and seven points.

Since losing to Kamehameha on Dec. 14, Konawaena ran the table in the BIIF with 12 consecutive wins, including a 43-42 thriller against Waiakea in the league final last Wednesday.

Konawaena will meet the King Kekaulike-Radford winner on Thursday at Kalani’s gym.

Of the Top 10, two are not playing in the postseason. Kamehameha and Punahou did not qualify out of the ILH.

No. 10 Mid-Pacific is the top seed in the Division II state tourney.

Two Maui teams, King Kekaulike (four) and Seabury Hall (one), also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 9 (final)
1.Waiakea (15)150
2.Baldwin 133
3.Saint Louis 122
5.Pearl City67


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