Girls Basketball: Washington puts Galileo away in the second half

Washington senior forward Kelly Lem goes up for a contested shot against Galileo on Monday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Josh Levine

Washington High School extended its winning streak to nine games, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Academic Athletic Association play, with a dominating 60-20 win against visiting Galileo on Monday.

After leading 24-12 at the half, the Eagles (14-8, 7-0) outscored the Lions (9-8, 4-2) 20-5 in the third quarter to put the game well out of reach.

Washington senior guard Melanie Louie drives past a Galileo defender on Monday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“We have Galileo Monday blues,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “It’s sort of a tradition here. The girls think Monday is a continuation of Sunday and the weekend. Our big girls inside didn’t score and there was a lack of hustle across the court. I’m disappointed in our lack of effort.”

After the brief comment, Papa left the Washington gym without answering any further questions.

The Eagles were led by junior center Phacharee Arunleung, who had 17 points, most of which came in the paint. Arunleung, along with all of the Eagles’ other starters, sat for most of the fourth quarter

“In the first half, we came out soft,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “We had a lot of turnovers and we were rushing the ball. We played our game in the second half and moved the ball well.”

Galileo was riding a four-game winning streak, including a big win against Balboa last Thursday, but struggled offensively against Washington. Kim Fung and Krista Lai led the Lions in scoring with six points apiece.

“They’re a young team, starting four freshmen out there,” Wong said. “In a couple years they will be a great team, but right now they are too young. We’re a more veteran team with a lot more experience.”

In total, 17 of the Lions’ 20 points came from freshmen players.

All 12 of the Eagles’ players took at least one shot from the field and 10 of 12 players scored points. The five bench players who scored combined for 23 of the Eagles’ 60 points.

“Every game is important to us,” Wong said. “When the games go like this, I give the girls something to practice during the games. Today we worked on our communication, especially on the defensive side of things. Today was a stepping stone to our ultimate goal, which we work for every day.”

Washington continues AAA play on Wednesday, when it travels to Burton, while Galileo will look to bounce back at home against Mission, also on Wednesday.

Scoring Leaders

Phacharee Arunleung – 17
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 7
Kelly Lem – 7
Bridget Chow – 6
Megan Dea – 6

Kim Fung – 6
Krista Lai – 6
Jane Gunn – 4
Bianca Hussein – 3
Cassady Chan – 1

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