East County Sports

Pack nearly take Sultans for granted

West Hills and Santana line up during an inbound play. / photo by Tammy Ryan - TRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

WEST HILLS 46, SANTANA 42

By Adam Paul

EastCountySports.com

 

SANTEE (2-2-18) – In quite the opposite fashion of the last time the West Hills Wolf Pack and the Santana Sultans met at West Hills a couple weeks ago in which the Wolf Pack beat the Sultans, 59-18, the Sultans this time around were able to take advantage of some opportunities to make it a close ball game.

West Hills came out really sluggish in the first quarter and just couldn’t buy a basket as Santana was led by Zoe Shibley who nailed 4 treys for all their points and give them a 12-6 lead after the first period.

A Santana player shoots a free throw on Friday night. / photo by Tammy Ryan – TRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Wolf Pack however countered in the second quarter pulling within 14-10 thanks to a 4-0 run but with about four minutes to go until half the Sultans capped a 6-0 streak to lead 20-10 and would lead 26-14 at the break thanks to Kobie Holland and her 8 points.

“I was surprised that we came out sluggish after we had played with such intensity against Mount Miguel the other day.”

Well, whatever West Hills head coach Ryan Kinser said in the dressing room at the half must have effective as the Pack came out and pulled within 28-22 thanks to an 8-2 run to start the third quarter. They would eventually pull within a basket at 28-26 with four minutes in the third as they pushed their run to 12-2 thanks to pressure defense.

West Hills would eventually take their first lead of the game with a little over two minutes thanks to a long trey by Nolie Wylie to lead 31-30.

When it was all said and done the Wolf Pack in the final four minutes of the third period would outscore the Sultans 24-2 and 14-4 in the quarter to lead 38-30 heading into the fourth period.

Things in the fourth quarter got really interesting as the Sultans would make it a game thanks to the hot hand of Mandy Stablein who scored 10 points including a couple three-pointers in the period.

Santana would eventually pull within a couple points and would have to foul which forced the Pack to hit free throws which they did to put the contest away.

For the Sultans three players scored 12 points apiece including Stablein, Holland and Shibley while the Pack also had a trio of double-digit scorers as well led by Wylie who knocked down 12 points while both Daniels and Haley Doucette each had 10 points.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack move to 4-2 in league play while the Sultans are still looking for their first league win at 0-6.

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