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ROUNDUP: Pack clamp down on Eagles

Granite Hills has the ball against West Hills on Tuesday / photo by Liz Alper - EastCountyMagazine.com



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EL CAJON – The West Hills Wolf Pack turned in a terrific defensive effort in a 25-15 Grossmont Hills League road win over Granite Hills on Tuesday night.

The Eagles did well defensively, as well, but couldn’t match the slightly better offense of the Wolf Pack.West Hills scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Eagles got it to within 13-6 early in the second quarter.West Hills led 18-10 at halftime, meaning only 12 points were scored in the second half.

“We just could not get the ball to go in tonight,” Granite Hills head coach CURTIS NORWOOD said. “Surely there will better days ahead.”

West Hills senior center KERRIE DANIELS gave the Pack a double-digit lead with a nice putback on the offensive board and
the Pack led 23-13 after three.

There were only four points scored in the fourth, including a big bucket from junior SAVANNA RINDER.

Senior KANI KUBARI led Granite Hills with eight points, while senior AYANG AGOTH had four points.

“It was a defensive struggle to say the least,” Norwood said.

The Wolf Pack remain undefeated in league play at 2-0 and improve to 8-10 overall. The Pack head to La Mesa to face Helix, on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.

The Eagles move to 1-2 in league and to 7-11 on the season and will next travel to Grossmont on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.


STEELE CANYON 57, EL CAJON VALLEY 29 – Sophomore KHYLAYA BRANDY scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the third quarter as the Cougars earned their first Grossmont Valley win of the season.

Senior ELIZABETH BOTT got Steele started in the first half, scoring 12 of here 14 points before intermission, as the Cougars led 30-12 at halftime.

Bott also had six rebounds, five steals and four assists, while Brandy added four rebounds and three steals.

The Cougars had 15 steals in the contest.

Steele Canyon (8-6, 1-1 GVL)  led 15-4 after the first quarter.

Junior LALA WADLEY and senior REAGAN JORDAN added eight points for the Cougars. Jordan had 10 rebounds, while Wadley grabbed seven rebounds.

MAHKAYLA CLINE and MYA CROSS combined for 18 rebounds for SC. Cline also handed out six assists.

Senior VEAN GORGEES led El Cajon Valley (8-11, 1-2 GVL) with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Senior DANIA ELIA also knocked down a pair of threes in the contest for the Braves.

“Nice to get back into the win column getting back to basics of what we do best,” Steele Canyon coach PETER RUIZ said. “The ladies were refocused after Friday night’s loss.

“We’ve got work to do with Valhalla coming to our house this Friday night (at 5:30). Crosstown rivals so it should be a good one.”


CHRISTIAN 69, LA JOLLA 37 – Despite scoring the first eight points of the game, the Patriots admittedly came out slow and were caught by surprise by the adept Vikings, but KRISTEN WILLIAMS scored 28 points and SIMONE JAMES had 20 points and 16 rebounds as Christian led from start-to-finish over La Jolla in the league win at the Ryan Athletic Center.

La Jolla took advantage of early Patriot foul difficulty to score half of their 16 first-half points at the charity stripe, as Christian led by nine points at halftime.

The Vikings continued to play well and closed the gap in the third quarter to just 31-24, but the Patriots continued with their pressure and extended the lead to 16 at the end of the third quarter.

“We got an outstanding performance from JAZMYN CRAWFORD with her defensive skills,” said Christian head coach VICKIE CARRINGTON. “ZOE NORDLING stepped up to help the team out. Even Zoe was slow getting started and she is a phenomenal player.”

Christian improved to 5-0 in the Central League and 13-87 overall, one-game ahead of second-place Madison (4-1). The Patriots host Crawford (5-14, 0-5 Central) on Friday at 6 at Ryan Center.


MONTE VISTA 48, VALHALLA 30 – The Monarchs outscored the Lady Norsemen 17-6 in the second quarter to to lead 25-12 at halftime en route to the Grossmont Valley League victory.

After Valhalla pulled to within 34-23 at the end of three, Monte Vista doubled up on the Lady Norsemen over the final eight minutes.

Monte Vista (4-12, 1-1 GVL) will host first-place El Capitan (9-11, 2-0 GVL) on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Valhalla (3-11, 1-2 GVL) will be at Steele Canyon(8-6, 1-1 GVL) on Friday at 5:30.


HELIX 58, SANTANA 26 – Helix improved to 2-1 in the Grossmont Hills League with the home win over the the Sultans.

Helix improved to 13-5 overall.

The Highlanders host West Hills (8-10, 3-0 GHL) on Friday at 5:30 in an early season key game to see which team can stay in contention with first-place Mount Miguel (3-0 GHL).

Santana (3-8, 0-3 GHL) travels to face the Matadors on Friday evening at 5:30.


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