The Galileo Girls Varsity Basketball team had a rough start to the 2018 season, losing their first three games to Mission (87-39), Leadership (94-32) and Wallenberg (65-37). On Wednesday night, January 24th, the Lions faced off against the Academy Wolves(0-4) with both teams hungry for their first win. The Lions pulled off a close win 55-54 getting their first win of the season and ending their 3 game losing streak.
The Lions had a slow start to the first quarter, but picked it up the rest of the game, keeping the game close. With both teams playing solid defense, it was anybody’s game until late down the stretch, when Galileo senior, Annie Wu hit a clutch and one and knocked down the freethrow to put the Lions up late 55-51. The Wolves responded quickly with an and one of their own to narrow the lead down to 1. But time was on the Lions side as the Wolves attempted to foul, but were unsuccessful as the Lions dribbled out the clock and got their first win. “At first we were kind of scared because of how much bigger the other team was but after a couple shots we realized we had a good chance of winning. I feel good about our first win, I feel like it gives the team more confidence to win more games and we also learned to play better together,” says senior guard Caitlin Manalang.
Although the season hasn’t been going as expected Coach Hardee and Coach Allen still have high hopes for the Varsity squad. “Even though we have been losing games, the girls are showing flashes of the fundamentals that we have been working on for the past few months,” said Coach Hardee “We just need to keep putting in the work and have fun at the same time.”Senior guard Annie Wu added, “We gotta work on our offense and scoring the basketball if we want to win games. We also have to work on boxing out to secure rebounds,”
Coach Allen echoed the same sentiments but also expressed some of his own concerns as well. “We need to work on defining the level of commitment that the girls need to have in order for us to be successful this season,” he said, adding, “We also need to work on our offensive sets we have practiced.”