Girls Basketball: Washington bench play key in win over Castlemont

By Josh Levine

Washington High School held visiting Castlemont High School to four first-quarter points on their way to an easy 43-30 win on Wednesday night.

The Eagles (5-3) got 10 points apiece from Megan Dea and Phacharee Arunleung and the Eagles’ bench, led by Arunleung, scored 13 points, proving to be the difference in the game.

Washington's Phacharee Arunleung goes up for a shot in the lane against Castlemont on Wednesday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“Our matchups against Castlemont are always tough,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “Castlemont is used to having speed and height. They definitely had the speed, especially in their guards, but they were missing that height.”

The Knights (4-2) did not have a player score in double-figures, but eight of their players had points and all nine took at least one shot.

“We got intense early, but we forgot our roles and positions on the court,” said Castlemont head coach Duke Lane Jr. “Washington is a great team and we love coming down here to play them.”

Both teams started off slowly in the first quarter, combining for 14 points on 6-of-28 shooting from the floor, and Washington held a 10-4 lead.

“It always takes us a little bit to get warmed up and our confidence high,” Wong said. “We played a good game but we need to rebound more, calm down and stop rushing, and not have defensive breakdowns.”

Rebounding has been an issue for the undersized Eagles for most of the early season, and Wednesday was no exception as the Knights controlled the boards.

Castlemont would outscore Washington 8-6 in the third quarter, but Lane couldn’t help but think his team missed an opportunity, as the Knights missed 11 shots from the field during that quarter.

“Washington let us get back in the game, but we didn’t execute properly on offense,” Lane said. “We definitely had our chances in the second half, but it was a tough game all around. The nice thing today was that I saw some of our non-leaders really step up and push the leaders toward victory.”

Washington continues their season on the road next Wednesday against Menlo and Thursday against Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Scoring Leaders

Megan Dea – 10
Phacharee Arunleung – 10
Meghan Louie – 6
Kelly Lem – 6
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 6

Michelle Beavers – 8
Jonisha Hampton – 6
Myesha Watson – 4
Angel Wilcher – 4
Two players tied with 2 points

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