By Ryan Kuhn
Washington High School’s girls basketball team now stands alone as the only undefeated team in the Academic Athletic Association’s Lang Division after crushing visiting Lincoln on Wednesday.
Eleven Washington players scored in a 62-30 win, the Eagles’ largest victory against Lincoln in more than seven years.
Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton and junior forward Grace Lui led the Eagles (11-5, 3-0) with 10 points apiece, followed close behind by Mari Kawano and Karah Butac, who had eight and seven points, respectively.
The Eagles started the game on an 11-0 run in the first quarter and soon after, Washington head coach Vince Wong subbed in his entire bench.
“That’s the strategy for most of our games,” Wong said. “It helps my starters rest and [gives] the other girls a chance to play, so when we play for championships they will be ready.”
While Wong able to use 11 players, Lincoln (5-11, 2-1) only had six players dressed and available to play.
Lincoln head coach Jason Lee said his team was short three players because of injuries, but also stated his team’s performance was inexcusable.
“We need to get ready for the lower competition in league play,” Lee said. “We know for a fact that we are not 30 points worse than Washington, because I see that at practice, but until they realize that, and show up and play that way, there is nothing we can do.”
Lincoln’s lone bright spot was senior center Jessica Garrett, who finished with a game-high 17 points. She leads the Mustangs with 14.1 points per game and 9.8 rebounds this season.
Not only was Washington’s offense in sync, but its defense was also pressing and forced 13 turnovers in the first half and only allowed the Mustangs to shoot 24 percent from the field.
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 10
Grace Lui – 10
Mari Kawano – 8
Phacharee Arunleung – 8
Karah Butac – 7
Jessica Garrett – 17
Michelle Wong – 8
Ezra De Asis – 3
Joi Fisher – 2