By Josh Levine
Galileo Academy’s Sarah Lim got to live a fantasy many kids play out on street courts all across the country.
She was on the free-throw line with no time left on the clock and the score tied at 55-55 against visiting Washington on Tuesday.
Lim, a sophomore, had scored 24 points up until that point and hit the winning free throw to give the Lions a 56-55 Academic Athletic Association win.
The first free throw rolled off the rim and Washington head coach Vince Wong called a timeout to try and put even more pressure on Lim.
“I just had to imagine the ball going in,” Lim said. “I felt that I had to make up for the miss, because we worked so hard and we didn’t want to lose. Coach told me in the timeout to take my time and treat it like a regular shot.”
With the set up of the Galileo gym, Lim took her final free throw facing the scoreboard, which is on the opposite side of the crowd. With only the referee with her on that half of the court, Lim sank the free throw to seal the Galileo win.
“This win was so important, because it shows the girls they can play,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “Washington is still a little better than us, but we need to keep plugging, because we are still young. Sarah played really inspired basketball at both ends for us.”
The Lions (15-6, 6-1) controlled the tempo early with an 8-0 run and didn’t relinquish the lead until late in the third quarter. The Eagles (7-13, 5-2) held the lead for most of the fourth quarter until a late 12-4 run finished off the Washington for good, capped off with Lim’s final free throw.
“We deserved to lose today and Galileo played their asses off,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “We really need to take care of the ball. Our stupid turnovers killed us. Galileo is awesome now and I want them in the championship. Well, I’ll take anybody. Hopefully this builds some character for us, and to be honest, the team overlooked them today.”
Sarah Lim – 25
Karen Wong – 15
Cassidy Chan – 8
Krista Lai – 5
Kim Fung – 3
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 23
Phacharee Arunleung – 12
Kate Nakano – 7
Grace Lui – 5
Two players tied with 4 points