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Konawaena Ranked #1 in DI Girls State Tourney

February 8, 2016, 4:47 PM HST
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OC16 / HHSAA Division I Girls Basketball Championship bracket.

OC16 / HHSAA Division I Girls Basketball Championship bracket.

Konawaena has been ranked at the top of every major statewide ranking poll since the beginning of the season. So it came as no surprise on Sunday that the Wildcats were given the top seed in this week’s OC16/Hawai’i High School Athletic Association Division I Girls Basketball Championships, which takes place this week on Oahu.

Under the direction of head coach Bobbie Awa, Konawaena tallied a 12-0 Big Island Interscholastic Federation record, good for another league championship in Division I. Overall, the Wildcats amassed a 23-1 record.

The road to a seventh state championship for Konawaena begins on Wednesday when the Wildcats face either Punahou or Farrington in the quarterfinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The other seeded team in Konawaena’s side of the Moanalua bracket is Leilehua, seeded fourth out of the Oahu Interscholastic Association.

BIIF runner-up Hilo (21-3, 10-2) will open tournament play on Tuesday against Radford, another OIA entrant, at 5 p.m. The game will be played at Kalani High School. The winner will face third-seeded Maryknoll, the champion of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Maui Interscholastic League champion Lahainaluna received the second seed in the tournament. The Lunas were ranked behind Konawaena in the polls all season.

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The championship game will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. It will be televised on OC16.

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2016 OC16/HHSAA Division I Girls Basketball Championship schedule

Tuesday

at Kalani High School 

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Hilo vs. Radford – 5 p.m.

Roosevelt vs. Mililani – 7 p.m.

at Moanalua High School

Kamehameha-Maui vs. Kaiser – 5:30 p.m. (OC16 XCast)

Punahou vs. Farrington – 7:30 p.m. (OC16 XCast)

Wednesday

at Kalani High School

Roosevelt/Mililani loser vs. Hilo/Radford loser – 3 p.m.

Roosevelt/Mililani winner vs. #2 Lahainaluna – 5 p.m. (OC16 XCast)

Hilo/Radford winner vs. #3 Maryknoll – 7 p.m. (OC16 XCast)

at Moanalua High School

Punahou/Farrington loser vs. KS-Maui/Kaiser loser – 3 p.m.

KS-Maui/Kaiser winner vs. #4 Leilehua – 5 p.m. (OC16)

Punahou/Farrington winner vs. #1 Konawaena – 7 p.m. (OC16)

Thursday

at Kalani High School

Moanalua bracket consolation game – 5 p.m.

Kalani bracket consolation game – 7 p.m.

at Moanalua High School

Moanalua bracket semifinal – 5 p.m. (OC16)

Kalani bracket semifinal – 7 p.m. (OC16)

Friday

at Stan Sheriff Center

Consolation championship – 1 p.m.

Fifth place – 3 p.m.

Third place – 5 p.m.

Championship – 7 p.m. (OC16)

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