By Josh Levine
Washington High School’s girls basketball team was upset by Galileo in the regular season in a thrilling 56-55 loss at the end of January, but the teams’ semifinal matchup in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals was a completely different story.
Galileo held a 6-3 lead in the first quarter, but went scoreless for seven minutes of game time in the first two quarters, while Washington scored 12 unanswered points to take a lead it never surrendered in a 45-39 victory on Tuesday at Kezar Pavilion.
The win punches Washington’s ticket to a championship rematch with Lowell, which routed Balboa in the other semifinal on Tuesday.
“I’m very relieved,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “The game shouldn’t have been that close, but give credit to Galileo in this one. They kept coming at us . . . We told the girls before the game that we needed to remember that loss and come out strong.”
The Lions (18-9) got 10 points from Karen Wong in the fourth quarter, but could not complete a late comeback, as the Eagles (14-14) made their late free throws to seal the victory.
“What can I say after a game like that?” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “We’re young, but we did good things out there . . . We had our chances to win, but Washington deserved the win. It took us too long to get game-ready today.”
Washington’s date with rival Lowell on Friday will be the fifth meeting between the two teams in the championship game since 2003, and the Cardinals won their only regular-season meeting 47-35.
“To beat Lowell, we need to have a complete game plan on both sides of the ball,” Wong said.
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 15
Karah Butac – 12
Kate Nakano – 6
Phacharee Arunleung – 3
Grace Lui – 3
Karen Wong – 11
Cassidy Chan – 10
Sarah Lim – 9
Julie Huang – 5
Two players with 2 points