Lowell High School came out ready to play Tuesday in a matinee against Caruthers High School in the opening round of the girls’ bracket of the Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic at St. Ignatius, cruising to a 68-24 victory.
The Cardinals out-ran the Raiders early, leading to easy layups in transition as they took advantage of their roster of 16 players compared to the Raiders’ of just eight. When the Cardinals would set up on offense, they would manipulate the smaller Raiders (4-5) inside.
“I thought we transitioned very well today, I thought we could have gotten better spacing on our transition, but I thought we did a better job than we have in the past,” Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said.
Lowell junior center Lorna Tuufuli was the biggest headache of all for Caruthers, scoring a game-high 15 points in limited minutes because of the big lead.
Junior guard Katarina Lum added 12 points for the Cardinals, all coming in the first half, including nine in the first
“I think as a team, we are ready on offense, [but] with the defense, we could tighten that up a little more,” Tuufuli said.
With the tournament win, Lowell will play either Galileo or Pinewood today at 4 p.m.
Where the Cardinals (9-2) looked sharp throughout the game, the Raiders looked the opposite. Caruthers struggled to get the ball upcourt as the Lowell defense forced countless traveling and carrying violations.