By John Baker
While the Lick-Wilmerding girls basketball team had some rust to shake off, visiting Galileo ran like a well-oiled machine 55-34 in a non-league win over the Tigers on Friday.
Lick (8-3) had not played for 10 days after breaking for finals and had practiced only three times during the span. The rust showed Friday during a Galileo-dominated first half and the Lions (10-1) led 36-19 at the break.
“Our legs really haven’t gotten back under us,” said Lick-Wilmerding assistant coach Nate Lundy. “We’d come down, exert a lot of energy on offense and sprint back down on defense, and miss an assignment or not get a hand up.”
Galileo thoroughly dominated in the first quarter, moving the ball with ease around the perimeter and lead 19-7 at the end of the opening frame. Then, when the Lick’s Julia Thompson hit an athletic layup from the right side to seemingly stop a Galileo run early in the second quarter, Karen Wong hit a long three-pointer on the other end to start another.
“This was our first test in a while. We’ve had some easy games and I needed them to come out,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “We were OK in the first half, then we got sloppy, threw the ball away and didn’t run our offense like we can.”
Led by Sarah Lim, who had a game-high 16 points despite sitting most of the third quarter with foul trouble, Galileo managed to maintain an edge over Lick-Wilmerding in the second half, despite some initial trouble with the first decent press it has faced all season.
“It just seemed like we didn’t have that extra effort,” Papa said. “We weren’t as sharp as we could have been. I think it was because they weren’t in school today and weren’t ready to jump on them.”
But as many problems that Galileo had after halftime, the Tigers had more troubles of their own. Lick missed its first six shots of the third quarter before Grace Brownriss hit a jumper with 3:20 left.
Thompson led Lick-Wilmerding with 13 points, followed by Brownriss with seven.
“We knew what we were dealing with, having played [Galileo] twice last year,” Lundy said. “They are a very good team and our shots just weren’t falling for us. We got down early and we just couldn’t get back up.”
Sarah Lim – 16
Kim Fung – 13
Karen Wong – 9
Christina Yuen – 5
Julie Huang – 4
Julia Thompson – 13
Grace Brownriss – 7
Aki Shurelds – 6
Sabrina Lauren – 4
Two players tied with 2 points