By Chris McGuire
Wallenberg High School can relax for the moment, after securing a 65-51 win at Galileo High School late Tuesday afternoon to clinch second place in the AAA’s Neff Division.
“The Lions are such a physical team. All the pressure is on us to win,” Wallenberg Head Coach Christina Lee said before the game. “The last time we played we only won by two points and this time the Lions have nothing to lose, but we’re fighting for a two seed.”
With second place secure, the Bulldogs (6-7 in AAA play) will host Balboa High School in the first round of the AAA playoffs on Friday.
Galileo (2-11 in AAA play) jumped out to a 17-14 lead at the first-quarter break, behind eight points and a three-point buzzer beater from senior Wendy Li, on her way to a team-high 23 points. Li shot 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Wallenberg retook the lead in the second, beginning the quarter with a 6-0 run, but the lead changed three times, with the Bulldogs holding a 32-27 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs never relinquished the lead again and pulled away in the third quarter, behind junior forward Alisha Irby, who had 10 points in the quarter, on her way to a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds.
Even though Galileo’s season has ended without a playoff bid, Head Coach Marie Ramos is optimistic about the future of her program.
“We are a real young team, we have three seniors, one junior, two sophomores and seven freshmen,” Ramos said. “We are going to be a force in the future, especially because we have freshmen who are not afraid to shoot.”