By Josh Levine
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School proved to the rest of the Bay Counties League West on Thursday afternoon why they are better than their 3-6 record, with a dominating 71-18 non-league victory over visiting Galileo.
The Cubs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back en route to their 51-point victory.
“This was a much needed win for us,” said Convent head coach Phil Galvin. “We had a great week of practice and the girls are buying in to the system and putting effort out there for 32 minutes. Our team is young and we are continuing to improve, but this win today provided positive reinforcement for the players.”
The Lions (4-3) were without three starters because of the holiday break, but head coach Don Papa made no excuses for his team.
“Yes, we were missing two of our best players and our center, but that’s no excuse,” Papa said. “Today was the worst we’ve played all season. There was no hustle and the whole time we were standing around.”
India Pearce led the Cubs with 21 points, including 16 in the first half, while Jaime Hum-Nishikado, Shannon Meinerney and Branka Quintanilla all finished with 10 points.
“Our teamwork and team chemistry really helped us,” Pearce said. “We needed to win this game to take our anger out from our losses. We had a good flow during the game and we rebounded well. I’m surprised they had 18 points, I thought we could have held them to less.”
Jackie Chan and Christina Yuen combined for 16 of the Lions 18 points, but forward Bianca Hussein was held scoreless on 0 for 11 shooting.
“I guarded [Hussein] for most of the game, and I just put on lots of pressure and forced her to go left and take contested shots,” Pearce said.
According to Galvin, the biggest factor in this game was height. Pearce and forward Julianna Wetmore were both significantly taller than any Lions player and controlled the boards, gaining multiple second-chance opportunities.
“In fairness to Galileo and to Coach Papa, they are playing without some key players,” Galvin said. “Our height killed them and put us in control of this game. I’m surprised that they only scored 18 because they are 4-2 coming in and ranked pretty high.”
The Lions play Tuesday against Pinewood in the Sand Dunes Classic, which dominated Convent 69-35 earlier in the season. Papa stated that they don’t expect to win against Pinewood, but he wants to see improvements and more intensity on the court.
Convent plays Jan. 8 against Half Moon Bay before opening league January 11 at Drew.
India Pearce – 21
Jaime Hum-Nishikado – 10
Shannon Meinerney – 10
Branka Quintanilla – 10
Two players tied with 6 points
Kim Fung – 9
Christina Yuen – 7
Bailey Hayes – 2