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Lahainaluna's Rickard not worried about state seeding
January 29, 2014 - Robert Collias
The seeding and brackets for the HHSAA Division I girls basketball tournament will be released prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Lahainaluna coach Todd Rickard is not worried about where his Lunas — 27-1 and ranked No. 1 by both state polls for most of the season — are seeded.
"To me, it doesn't really matter the 1 or the 2," Rickard said after his team finished a 14-0 run through the MIL for the sixth straight year — the Lunas have won 92 straight MIL games overall. "I mean, the HHSAA . . . We can play the same team we play as the first seed (or) the second seed. It's not really up to us and to me and it doesn't make a difference."
The new regional format will allow the Lunas to scout a game on Feb. 7 at the Lahaina Civic Center and then play the winner of that game in the quarterfinals at the LCC on Feb. 8. The semifinals of the final four Feb. 14 is at McKinley High School before switching over to the Blaisdell Arena for the final Feb. 15.
I like Lahainaluna's chances to add the second D-I state basketball crown ever to the MIL war chest — the first was won by the Lunas in 2010.
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