2017-2018 DIVISION I   »  Division II

Molina kept Wildcats steady in championship run

Konawaena guard Cherilyn Molina brings the ball up the floor against Lahainaluna in a Division I semifinal game. CJ Caraang | SL

Player of the Year: Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena, G, Sr.

Co-Coaches of the Year: Bobbie and Dawnyelle Awa, Konawaena


Mikayla Tablit

Konawaena  •  Sr
G  •  5'5

Cherilyn Molina

Konawaena  •  Sr
G  •  5'5

Braeanna Estabillo-Donato

Lahainaluna  •  Sr
G  •  5'4

Susitina Namoa

Lahainaluna  •  Jr
F/C  •  5'11

Bella Cravens

Maryknoll  •  Sr
C  •  6'1


Rhianne Omori

Maryknoll  •  Sr
G  •  5'3

Tori Lynn Maeda

Iolani  •  Jr
G  •  5'6

Kamalu Kamakawiwoole

Maryknoll  •  Jr
G/F  •  5'10

Kalina Obrey

Kamehameha  •  Jr
F/C  •  5'11

Sisilia Kaufusi

Kahuku  •  Jr
C  •  5'9



Mandi Kawaha

Hilo  •  Sr
G  •  5'2

Taylor Wu

Iolani  •  Jr
G  •  5'7

Kelsie Imai

Waiakea  •  So
G/F  •  5'6

Gieani Balino

Campbell  •  Sr
G/F  •  5'6

Caiyle Kaupu

Konawaena  •  So
F/C  •  5'10


Hilo: Mindy Kawaha, Tatiana Rideout
Iolani: Kellie Okamura, Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu
Kahuku: Leiah Naeata
Kaimuki: Kaelyn Espinda
Kaiser: Taeya Blakeney
Kalani: Alayna Akiona, Kaylie Espinas, Logan Luke, Daesha Viela
Kamehameha: Jewel Paaluhi-Caulk, Kiana Vierra
Kapolei: Alexis Correa
Konawaena: Kawena Kaohimaunu, Tanniya Uchida
KS-Maui: Kimani Fernandez-Roy, Ashley Taylor Peralta
Lahainaluna: Rachael Balagso
Leilehua: Kaylen Kamelamela
Maryknoll: Moe Notoa, Dakota Viena
Mililani: Cheyenne Ardona, Kalena Gibson, Dahlis Sablay
Moanalua: Kelcie Leong, Raven Rosa-Lasco, Delylah Sanerivi
Mid-Pacific: Brilie Kovaloff
Nanakuli: Kalei Cates, Kanani Diamond
Sacred Hearts: Dallas Martinez, Te'Hiwa Medeiros
Waiakea: Jazelle Dorser, Zaelynn Lui-Cabinatan

Other coaches that received consideration: Brandon Kauhi (Waiakea), Chi Mok (Kalani), Dean Young (Iolani)

Player of the Year: Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena, G, Sr.
The family legacy continues.

Konawaena guard Cherilyn Molina is the ScoringLive All-Hawaii Division I Girls Basketball Player of the Year after guiding the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive state title last February.

Older sister Chanelle may have won the award three straight times, but the 5-foot-5 senior can relish in the fact that she helped Konawaena win the ultimate prize in all of her four high school years.

"She was an ultimate competitor," Iolani coach Dean Young said of Molina. "When the game was on the line, she had a determination and desire to win that was impressive."

With young players growing into their roles, Molina remained steady at the controls to help the Wildcats go undefeated during the regular season and state tournament.

"She was a rock for them," said Maryknoll coach Chico Furtado, whose team lost to Konawaena in the state final the past three years. "I just think when you have somebody that can give you that kind of steadiness on the floor, making good decisions, making clutch free throws, that's what made their team so awesome.

"Point guard play is so important in winning close games and winning big games. It's clear with them who's in charge of that team, and that's Cherilyn."

Molina, who averaged 17.3 points per game on a 42.5 percent shooting clip and shot 17-for-25 at the free throw line in the state tourney, will play collegiately for the Washington State University Cougars where she will join older sisters Chanelle and Celena Jane.

Co-Coaches of the Year: Bobbie and Dawnyelle Awa, Konawaena
Konawaena continued its championship dynasty with a 47-32 win over Maryknoll, who was the top-ranked team for the entire season, in the Division I final to win their ninth state crown.

Even though the Wildcats won the past three state titles, very few outside of the Konawaena faithful predicted that they would have won their fourth consecutive championship.

If there was one thing that defined Konawaena in this title run, it was in its ability to make second half adjustments.

In three of their last four games of the season, the Wildcats were able to outscore the opposition, 44 to 5.

As the old saying goes: "it's not how you start, it's how you finish."