By Ryan Kuhn
For the second time in four days, St. Francis got the better of Lowell High School’s girls basketball team.
After losing to the Lancers in the Burlingame Tournament on Friday, the Cardinals hosted the Lancers and let an early lead slip away in a 48-40 non-league loss.
The Cardinals (3-2) had a 11-7 lead in the first quarter and only trailed 31-30 heading into the fourth, but the Lancers (4-0) pulled away late.
“We had that one lapse in the fourth quarter where they went on a 6-0 run,” said Lowell head coach Aki Kuwada. “For the team I put out there that was all sophomores and juniors, I thought it was a learning experience. It was good for them.”
Lowell’s defense was the highlight of the first quarter, as it held the Lancers to 27 percent shooting, and even though the Cardinals gave up seven turnovers and surrendered the lead in the second quarter, senior guard Katarina Lum made a pair of 3-point shots that tied the game at halftime.
Lum finished with a team-high 17 points, but no other Lowell players scored in double figures.
St. Francis countered with the play of senior guard Jenna Thompson, who led all scorers with 23 points and made five straight free throws down the stretch to keep her team undefeated.
Katarina Lum — 17
Kelly Wong — 7
Kelly Eshima — 4
Angie Ng — 4
Four players tied with 2 points
Jenna Thompson — 23
Elizabeth Stelling — 6
Jennifer Lucian — 5
Shelbi Aimonetti — 4
Vanessa D’Amico — 4