By Josh Levine
Lowell High School’s girls basketball team started its game against visiting Galileo with a 18-1 run and cruised to rout the Lions 61-33 on Wednesday.
The Cardinals (19-4, 9-0) clinched the top seed in the Academic Athletic Association’s Neff Division with the win and 11 different Lowell players scored, led by 12 points apiece from junior forwards Lorna Tuufuli and Taylor Sui.
Sui came off the bench to score eight points in the second quarter, mostly with a seemingly-unstoppable hook shot, and Lowell’s size in the frontcourt simply overpowered the much-shorter Lions (15-8, 6-3), who sat out starting point guard Karen Wong due to an injured ankle.
“All four of our post players played well on offense and defense for us,” said Lowell head coach Aki Kuwada. “The coaches have been working with them on that hook shot in practice and it helps in the games, because many of the girls don’t utilize that shot.”
With Galileo all but locked into second place in the Neff Division prior to the game, head coach Don Papa sat Wong to rest her ankle for future playoff games.
Papa left the gym immediately after the game and was not available for comment.
“With Karen out, we were really out of sync,” said Galileo assistant coach Kevin Adams. “Lowell played really tough defense and they had too many second chances, but in the second half, we played with a lot more confidence and were more aggressive. Even though we didn’t win the half, it was much closer.”
Julie Huang was the only Galileo player to score in double figures, with 10 points, and the Lions had 24 turnovers and made only 4-of-18 shots from the floor in the first half.
“Their defense was really good and next time, when we play them, we need to slow it down,” Adams said. “Having that many turnovers is like having 24 non-shots and giving them 24 extra shots.”
Taylor Sui – 12
Lorna Tuufuli – 12
Katarina Lum – 10
Natalie Moy – 8
Jillian Doherty – 5
Julie Huang – 10
Sarah Lim – 8
Kim Fung – 7
Cassidy Chan – 6
Jackie Guila-Dimailig – 2