By Aidan Fitzsimon
Lowell High School’s girls basketball team figures to be the class of the Academic Athletic Association this season and it was its guard play that impressed on the road against Galileo on Wednesday.
The Cardinals struggled inside against the Lions, but still managed to cruise to a 58-41 victory in both teams’ AAA opener.
The Cardinals (11-4, 1-0) survived with 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range in the second half.
The Lions (9-6, 0-1) hung with the Cardinals in the first half, though, only trailing 19-12 after the first quarter and 31-19 at the half.
Despite a very sloppy second half from the Cardinals, in which they committed nine turnovers, they were able to stay on top with their sharp shooting.
Junior guards Katarina Lum and Angie Ng almost held off the Lions entirely themselves, combining to score 20 of Lowell’s 27 second-half points.
Ng finished with nine points, all coming on second-half 3-point shots, while Lum, who led all scorers with 25 points, hit seven 3-pointers in the game.
“I was just open a lot and the defense couldn’t figure out how to stop me from shooting,” Lum said.
The young Lions, who feature two freshman and seven sophomores on the roster, were led by forward Sarah Lim, who finished with 11 points, but no other Galileo player scored in double figures.
As a team, the Lions out-rebounded the Cardinals despite not having a player taller than 5-foot-6, while Lowell has four players above 5-foot-9.
“We didn’t get out on the girls [and] that killed us,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “They made their shots and every time we made a move, the threes killed us, but we played hard.”
Katarina Lum — 25
Kelly Wong — 14
Angie Ng — 9
Three players tied with 4 points
Sarah Lim — 11
Kim Fung —7
Jane Gunn —7
Karen Wong — 6
Cassidy Chan — 4