Danielle Fong scored 14 points and Saneisha Henson added 12 as the visiting Galileo girls’ basketball team beat Mercy (San Francisco) 46-32 Tuesday night.
Mercy stayed close in the first half, but Galileo (5-4) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Skippers 16-5 and stretching a four-point lead to 15. Galileo’s presence under the basket and aggressive offensive rebounding was no small part of its success in the third period.
“Our strength is we’ve got four good-sized girls,” Galileo coach Don Papa said. “We don’t have a great outside shooting team, so we have to do what we can.”
Monica Compton, a 5-foot-10 junior center, crashed the offensive boards along with senior forward Danielle Fong, junior Staneisha Henson and sophomore Melissa Wong, to give the Lions second and third opportunities after missed shots.
Coach Papa put the third quarter intensity shift down to hustle and motivation.
“Where’s the hustle and spirit? Sometimes we don’t turn it on,” Papa said. “But I told them, I see girls walking and it’s a two-game suspension. As long as they’re hustling I got no problem missing shots.”
Mills 65, University 53
Keshia Suhail poured in a game-high 24 points to lead the host Vikings (8-0) over the Red Devils (2-3).
Cameron Ruby led University with 19 points.
University 60, Gateway 49
Thomas Bosc scored 17 points and Jonathan Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the host Red Devils (7-1) over Gateway and to their seventh-straight nonleague win.
After one quarter of play, University (7-1) trailed Gateway 12-10, but it outscored the Gators 18-4 in the second quarter and took a 28-16 lead heading into halftime.
The Red Devils were able to win despite being out-rebounded 48-23 by the Gators (4-5) . University countered Gateway’s size advantage by repeatedly pushing the ball up the floor, gathering 17 assists on the night (to just five by the Gators) with nine of those scoring passes coming from point guard Shimon Lin.
“We like to play aggressive at all times,” University coach Randy Bessolo said. “We don’t have very much size so we have to spread the floor and get out and run whenever we can.”
Crystal Springs 51, Wallenberg 41
Michael Chiu hit four 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (4-1) but Wallenberg fell to the host Gryphons (6-3) for its first loss of the season.
Ronney Freeman chipped in 11 points for Wallenberg, while Crystal Springs Uplands’ Ben Graham-Helwig led all scorers with 19.
Washington 45, Terra Linda 41
It looked like the Eagles were in trouble against Marin basketball power Terra Linda after the Trojans jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first half. But after trailing for most of the game, Washington took the lead in the fourth quarter after Isiah Pfitzer hit two timely 3-point shots and Washington guards Cary Kato and Lou Nakasako made solid plays down the stretch to lead the Eagles (6-3) to the win.
“I wanted to win this game bad and we played well as a team,” Pfitzer said. “We made our shots towards the end of the game and did what we had to do to win.”
The Eagles held Terra Linda’s high- scoring 6-foot-5 forward Jordan Lewis to 16 points, and contained 6-foot-10 Seth Kamphoefner. The Eagles were led by Pfitzer’s 16 points and eight points apiece from Kato and Tony Nakamato.
Terra Linda falls to 4-1.
— Lee Hubbard
Oakland Tech 51, Mission 47
Ryan Brekke scored 12 points as the host Bulldogs (5-1) downed the Bears (2-4).
Harry Howard led Mission with 15 points and teammate Ronnell Foster added 14.