Kahuku, Mililani are top seeds in OIA playoffs
Kahuku freshman guard Leiah Naeata drove to the hoop on Kalani guard Alayna Akiona in the first quarter at Thomas Walker Gymnasium. Kahuku hung on for a 41-38 win over then-No. 10-ranked Kalani in December, which proved to be the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Bruce Asatofirstname.lastname@example.org
Mililani, which finished off a perfect 10-0 regular season with a 39-19 win over Nanakuli on Tuesday night, is the only undefeated team heading into the OIA girls basketball playoffs that start next Tuesday.
Kahuku (8-2) snuck in as the top seed out of the East after beating McKinley, 38-34, on Tuesday. The Red Raiders finished in a first-place tie with Kalani (8-2), which lost to Moanalua, 60-55, on Tuesday. Kahuku won the tiebreaker via a 41-38 win in the head-to-head meeting on Dec. 27. As Paul Honda wrote after the game, the future is indeed now for the Lady Raiders.
The hottest team entering the playoffs might be Moanalua, the No. 3 seed in the East, which ended the regular season with four consecutive victories. That streak includes wins over Kalani, Kahuku and Kaiser.
The playoff schedule as of now for both Division I and Division II is below.