Girls Basketball: Balboa, Lincoln, Lowell and Washington advance to AAA semis
Washington 68, ISA 37
Washington High School capitalized on 40 points in the paint and forced 35 International Studies Academy turnovers in its 68-37 win in the quarterfinal round of the AAA playoffs on Friday.
The Eagles (19-13) only had a 25-14 lead heading into the half, but but consistently built the lead in the second half, often finding players wide open behind the defense for easy layups.
“We started slow, but picked it up in the second half,” said Washington Head Coach Vince Wong. “Hopefully we play like we did in the second half [in the semifinals]. We have to play that way entire game.”
Washington was led by junior forward Megan Dea, who had a game-high 18 points.
Eight other Washington players scored, including Phacharee Arunleung and Dara Fong, who had 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The frequent turnovers were an issue for the Cobras (7-17) throughout the game.
“They plain outplayed us,” said ISA Head Coach Verna Castro. “The girls played hard and gave all they got, but we’ve had players at different positions all season. It’s been hard for us to build chemistry.”
ISA was led offensively by senior Angela Starks, who had a team-high 17 points.
“[Starks] actually had an off game today,” Castro said.
– Jeremy Balan
Balboa 54, Wallenberg 51
Balboa High School held off a late run by Wallenberg High School to win 54-51 in the quarterfinal round of the AAA playoffs on Friday.
Balboa (14-11) built an early lead on the back of freshman guard Malaysia Basallo, who scored 10 of her team’s 12 first-quarter points.
“I told the girls that in order to score, we had to keep shooting,” said Wallenberg Head Coach Kristina Lee. “Any open shot you have, just take it.”
The Bulldogs (8-13) responded with timely shooting from junior guard Andrea Mochida, who had 22 points, and sophomore guard Nerissa Sollivan, who chipped in 16.
The game was tightly contested the rest of the way, with neither team leading by more than four points in the second half.
Mochida scored a slashing layup to give the Bulldogs a 51-50 lead with 1:11 remaining in the game and Balboa regained the lead on a putback by senior forward Jessica Tang and junior guard Rika Murase stole the resulting inboud pass.
Murase iced the game by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left. She led her team with 19 total points.
“We know how to win in the end,” said Balboa Head Coach Will Laena. “We have enough confidence and the girls have enough belief in themselves.”
– Mike Bebernes
Lowell 66, Jordan 45
Lowell High School cruised to a dominating 66-45 victory over Jordan High School in the quarterfinal round of the AAA playoffs on Friday night.
The Cardinals (25-3), led by seniors Kristina Lum and Amanda Chow, never were down by more than two points throughout the game even though they shot 10-for-41 in the first half.
“I think we always seem to have a really slow start,” said senior guard Kristina Lum.
The Cardinals bounced back to shoot 50 percent in the third quarter.
Jordan (6-13) was held to 15 points in the first half, but rallied in the second half with 30 points. However, it was too little too late, as the seniors for the Cardinals were just too much to handle.
Franika Jones, a junior guard for Jordan, led the game with 23 points, with 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Three of the five Cardinals starters were in double figures.
– Josh Levine
Lincoln 62, Burton 24
Lincoln High School easily outran Burton High School by a score of 62-24 on Friday.
The Mustangs (24-6) dominated the young Pumas (10-16) from start to finish with high percentage shooting, aggressive rebounding and precision passing. Lincoln finished the game shooting 44 percent from the floor to Burton’s 23 percent.
The Mustangs also controlled the offensive boards, getting second and third shots on their rare misses.
Eleven of the 14 Mustang players scored in the contest, led by senior Stephanie Lu who was 4-7 from three point range and finished the game with 16 points, two rebounds and one blocked shot.
“I tell the girls to not take any team for granted, we need to execute our game to be successful,” said Lincoln Head Coach Jason Lee. “Today we played well and it was nice to get everyone into the game and to rest our starters early”.
Even though both teams pressed, the Mustangs were able to initiate the trap better and forced the Pumas to shoot 1-for-23 from three-point range.
“Our season went well, we just need to mature a little and learn to not get caught watching the game,” said Burton Head Coach Brian Jackson.
Burton’s Maggie Xie was the games high scorer with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals.
“[Xie] has been a great leader and very inspirational, she is our quarterback, she does everything mentally and physically out there on the floor,” Jackson said.
– Chris McGuire