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MIL girls basketball teams making big statements
February 7, 2014 - Robert Collias
It clearly is not a fair draw for the No. 1 seed, but I honestly believe the Lahainaluna girls basketball team will overcome what will likely be a Maryknoll team, ranked fifth, in their state quarterfinal on Saturday night in what is sure to be the MIL hoops crowd of the season at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Here is the start of my preview from today's paper:
LAHAINA - The Lahainaluna High School girls basketball team has weathered a tough road before.
When the Lunas won the Maui Interscholastic League's only Division I state basketball crown, in 2010, it was as a No. 3 seed - they beat the top two seeds, Punahou and Konawaena, in the semifinals and final.
This time, coach Todd Rickard says it will be a test for the top-seeded Lunas just to reach the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines Championships. In Saturday's quarterfinal at the Lahaina Civic Center, Lahainaluna will meet the winner of Friday's game between Kailua and Maryknoll.
And a big win for MIL D-II champion Molokai in the Farmers' quarterfinal at state this evening.
In 2010, the Farmers were D-II state runners-up while Lahainaluna won the D-I crown, the best week for MIL basketball ever. In 2009, Molokai won the league's first D-II state crown while the Lunas were third in D-I.
Is history repeating itself?
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