Haley Masaki’s clutch 3 lifts No. 5 Kamehameha over No. 6 Punahou

Kamehameha guard Haley Masaki hit a clutch 3 against Punahou to help the Warriors close the regular season with a win. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

There wasn’t a whole lot on the line for the Kamehameha Warriors on Monday night.

Nothing but pride. The visiting Warriors got a clutch 3-point shot from Haley Masaki with 24 seconds left to break a 46-all tie as No. 5 Kamehameha edged No. 6 Punahou 51-46 at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.

“Coach (Pua Straight) just told us to run our play and let our offense come to us,” Masaki said. “When we trust each other, a lot opens up.”

It was Kamehameha’s fourth win in four games against Punahou during the regular season. The Warriors had already sealed third place in the ILH coming into the game, and they played without center Lagi Sua-Godinet. Masaki finished with 15 points, Camille Feary tallied 13 and Malie Marfil added nine for Kamehameha (13-11 overall, 4-8 ILH).

Kamehameha will meet second-place Maryknoll when the playoffs begin on Saturday at Noon at Maryknoll. Unlike the Warriors’ series with Punahou, they lost all four meetings with Maryknoll during the regular season.

“We’ll be practicing (this week) for the playoffs. We’ll go to work,” Feary said. “We lost to Maryknoll four times, but this (playoff) game is the one that really matters.”


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