Lunas enter tournament as top seed
The Lahainaluna High School girls basketball team received the No. 1 seed in the Hawaiian Airlines Division I State Championship bracket announced Sunday.
The Lunas, who went 27-1 overall this year, including 14-0 in the Maui Interscholastic League, will play a state quarterfinal contest on Saturday at the Lahaina Civic Center against the winner of Friday’s first-round game between Kailua and Maryknoll on Oahu.
The state semifinals are scheduled for Feb. 14 at McKinley High School, and the title game is the next day at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
King Kekaulike is to play Mo-analua on Friday at McKinley – the winner will advance to a quarterfinal meeting with No. 3 Punahou.
Konawaena received the No. 2 seed, and Roosevelt is seeded fourth. Lahainaluna has defeated Konawaena and Punahou this season.
The Lunas have won 10 consecutive Maui Interscholastic League championships, and 92 straight MIL games. In league play this season, they won by an average score of 76-22.
Keleah-Aiko Koloi was Lahainaluna’s leading scorer in MIL play this season, averaging 11.3 points per game. Six other players are averaging at least eight points per game – Aloha Salem (9.6), Fiemea Hafoka (9.5), Loke Basques (9.4) Folau Hafoka (8.6), Taylor Bates (8.5) and Lindsey Bates (8.2).
Kamehameha Kapalama, which won last year’s state title and is the only team to beat Lahainaluna this season, is not in this year’s state tournament field.
The Lunas placed sixth in last year’s state tournament. They won the MIL’s lone D-I basketball championship in 2010.
Molokai, the only MIL team in the Division II state tournament, received the No. 4 seed, and will play a quarterfinal game Thursday at Kai-muki against Kapaa or St. Francis. The MIL had not received a D-II seed since 2011.
Honokaa received the top D-II seed, Hawaii Baptist the No. 2 and Farrington the No. 3.
Kamehameha Hawaii, the defending D-II state champion, will play Le Jardin in the opening round.