By Josh Levine
The Lowell girls basketball team squeaked by Galileo with a 48-41 road win on Friday to hold on to first place in the still-early Academic Athletic Association season.
Both teams took turns holding on to the lead, but a third-quarter barrage of three clutch three-pointers from Katarina Lum turned a five-point Galileo (13-3, 1-1) advantage into a 29-28 Lowell (12-4, 2-0) lead.
“It was an intense game and we ran out of gas,” said Galileo head coach Don Papa. “We forced a lot of things near the end and it’s tough to see all that hard work go to waste. Near the end we started relying on instincts instead of patience and our legs went out. It was a very physical game.”
Galileo outshot the Cardinals and made the same amount of three-pointers on 14 fewer shots, but the Lions committed 26 turnovers. A stifling zone defense made up for the poor shooting that haunted Lowell throughout.
“They played us for three and a half quarters,” said Lowell head coach Aki Kuwada. “They just ran out of gas, but they outhustled us all game and they really wanted this one.”
The Lions’ main offensive threat was junior guard Kim Fung, who scored a game-high 23 points, but no other Galileo player scored more than seven points.
“I think this is the team we will face in the finals,” Kuwada said. “I’m not saying that other teams can’t be there, I just think it will be them that we have to worry about. They wanted it more today and they had the intensity.”
Katarina Lum – 12
Taylor Sui – 10
Angie Ng – 8
Lorna Tuufuli – 7
Two players with 4 points
Kim Fung – 23
Cassidy Chan – 7
Sarah Lim – 6
Karen Wong – 4
Jane Gunn – 1