By Aidan Fitzsimon
Pinewood’s girls basketball team hit 11 three-pointers and shot 41 percent from the field in a 61-29 rout of Galileo in the first round of the Sand Dune Classic on Thursday at St. Ignatius Prep.
Sophomore guard Gabi Bade led the Panthers’ (7-2) three-point-shooting offense with a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc en route to a game-high 18 points.
“Our philosophy when it comes to shooting is threes, floaters [and] layups,” said Pinewood head coach Doc Scheppler, “We don’t let them take shots from 15 feet out to the three-point arc because we think those are low-percentage shots.”
The Panthers forced 25 turnovers with a high-pressure man-to-man defense and took 26 more shots from the field than the the Lions (10-2).
“[They] brought too much pressure and we wilted. We did not address the pressure [and] the pressure destroyed us,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “They’re a better team than us, but we should have given them a better game than that.”
The Panthers also got several opportunities from offensive rebounds off missed three-point shots. Numerous times throughout the game the Panthers fired a shot from deep, missed, rebounded and set the offense back up.
“We didn’t block out, we didn’t rebound, so that’s the problem,” Papa said. “Our best strength is our defense and that hurt us today, because we can’t give teams two and three chances.”
Gabi Bade – 18
Marisa Hing – 14
Monique McDevitt – 12
Leeana Bade – 7
Two players tied with 3 points
Cassidy Chan – 14
Sarah Lim – 7
Vivian Leung – 6
Christina Yuen – 2