Honoka’a, Konawaena Earn Top Seeds at Girls State Hoops Tourney
Big Island Interscholastic Federation girls basketball champions Konawaena and Honoka’a earned the top seed in each of next week’s New City Nissan/Hawai’i High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Championships, held on Oahu.
Konawaena, entering the state tournament for the fourteenth consecutive year, earned the number one seed after being ranked at the top of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ScoringLive.com Top 10 rankings all season long. The Wildcats finished with an overall record of 28-1 and a league record of 12-0.
Konawaena, winners of its seventh consecutive league championship Saturday night, will face either Punahou or Kailua at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The game can be seen on OC16’s XCast, available on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel HD1020.
A potential matchup with Punahou, last year’s state champion, would be a highlight
for fans across the state. The Buffanblu are currently ranked fifth in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 poll and are 10-6 entering the tournament. Punahou fell to Maryknoll by five points for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I championship.
Division I league runner-up Hilo will take on Nanakuli on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Hilo enters the tourney with a 16-5 overall record and 10-2 league mark. Last year, the Vikings finished in fourth place in the state championships, losing to Mililani on the final day of the tournament.
Hilo’s game, played at Moanalua High School, will also be available on OC16’s XCast.
Nanakuli, the third place team out of the Oahu Interscholastic Federation, defeated Kailua 42-41 to finish behind league champion Roosevelt and runner-up Radford. The Golden Hawks went 10-3 in OIA play. They were ranked in a tie for tenth place in last week’s Star-Advertiser Top 10 poll.
If Hilo wins, ILH champion Maryknoll awaits. The Spartans, seeded third in the championships, finished the season with a 16-2 record.
Maui Interscholastic League champion Lahainaluna received the second seed in the tournament. The Lunas will face either Radford or Mililani on Wednesday night at Moanalua High School. Roosevelt earned the fourth seed and will face either Baldwin or Leilehua on Wednesday.
In Division II, defending champion Honoka’a received the top seed in this year’s tournament. The Dragons were 1-11 out of league play, but a 10-2 BIIF record brought their record to 11-13 on the season.
Honoka’a will face either McKinley or St. Francis at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be played at Kaimuki High School.
St. Francis, the third place team out of the ILH, was knocked out of the first round last
year by Kapa’a. The Saints finished the season with a 10-5 record.
McKinley was 4-14 this season, but still managed to claim the last of three spots out of the OIA.
Kamehameha-Hawai’i rounds out the list of BIIF participants in the state tournament. The Warriors, last year’s state runner-up, will open up the tournament Tuesday against Damien High School at Kalani High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Kamehameha-Hawai’i, under first-year head coach Weston Willard, went 8-4 in league play and achieved a 13-9 overall record. If the Warriors win, third-seeded Kapa’a would be next. The Warriors, champions of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation, were 6-2 on the season.
Hawai’i Baptist earned the second seed in the tournament after going 14-0 in ILH play. The Eagles will face either Castle or Lanai at Kalani High School on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Kaimuki won the OIA championship and picked up the fourth seed in the championship. The Bulldogs were 8-9 overall on the season. They will face either MIL champion Molokai or University Lab on Wednesday. The Bulldogs picked up home court advantage up to the semi-finals if they can win its opening game, which will tip at 7 p.m.