Girls Basketball: Lowell loses early lead in second loss to St. Francis

Lowell junior guard Katarina Lum releases a shot in the lane against St. Francis on Tuesday at Lowell High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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.

Lowell
Katarina Lum — 17
Kelly Wong — 7
Kelly Eshima — 4
Angie Ng — 4
Four players tied with 2 points

St. Francis
Jenna Thompson — 23
Elizabeth Stelling — 6
Jennifer Lucian — 5
Shelbi Aimonetti — 4
Vanessa D’Amico — 4

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8 Comments

  1. bball fan says:

    lowell needs to get their big girl lorna more involved on most nights she has a clear advantage down low

  2. anon says:

    correction: katarina lum is a junior, not a senior.
    lowell needs to cut down on the turnovers but they will for sure dominate in the AAA

  3. KatLumFanClub says:

    KAT was gettin heeeeeeeellllllllaaaaa wheeeeeeeeet

  4. COACH STAN says:

    KATARINA IS A VERY GOOD PLAYER. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE GUARDS APPLY MORE PRESSURE DEFENSE & HAVE THEIR FRONTLINE PLAYERS SCORE A LITTLE MORE.
    LOWELL SHOULD TAKE THE AAA CROWN THIS YEAR. GOOD LUCK! GO CARDINALS!!!

  5. Spectator says:

    Noticed Lowell has a tough preseason schedule, and doing pretty well overall. Noticed post players need to step it up some and def need to work on their footwork and fundamentals to get better. Not to mention… what is up with all the turnovers? And free throws? They had same problem last season… think think think!

  6. Spectator says:

    agreed… lorna is a huge presence but she needs to practice hitting that board more accurately… wish other post players would step up too

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