East County Sports

Highlanders finish off Hills League title

West Hills CHRIS SCHROEDER boxes out Helix's MAURICE HOLMES on Friday night. / photo by Ramon Scott



EastCountySports.com staff report


WEST HILLS – West Hills senior star CAM BARRY, currently the Grossmont Conference’s all-time single-season scoring leader, thrilled the home crowd with 45 points, but the Helix Highlanders earned the Grossmont Hills League championship with a 73-58 win over the Wolf Pack on Friday night.

Barry’s current per-game average of 33.3 points ranks higher than former El Cajon Valley great KEMMY BURGESS’ 33.1 in 1999.

The son of West Hills assistant coach TIM BARRY, a former Santana coach and star player in the late ’90s, currently posts the third-highest per-game scoring average in San Diego section history.

For Helix, the title is the second-straight in the Grossmont Hills circuit.

Senior JAYLEN HINSON scored 24 points, including five three-pointers, and had a team-high four assists for the Highlanders, while senior AMARI GREEN added 17 points and six rebounds, and sophomore MAURICE HOLMES contributed 16 points.

Helix got off to an 8-0 start and led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.

The Highlanders had extended that lead to 33-22 by halftime.

By the end of the third, the Scotties still held a double-digit lead, this time at 51-41.

“We shot pretty well in a gym that is traditionally hard for us to shoot in,”¬†Helix coach BRENNAN CASSADY said.

But Barry was just starting to heat up, scoring 14 points in the third.

The Pack made their best run in the third behind Barry, closing the gap to within 60-52.

Cam scored 13 more in the fourth.

Barry finished with seven three-point field goals on 16 attempts. He finished with 10 rebounds, as well.

“Our goal every game is to hold a team to 40 points,” Cassady said. “We couldn’t hold Cam Barry to that many. He is a phenomenal scorer.”

Helix senior CARSON BAKER grabbed 15 rebounds in the game.

The Highlanders finished 8-2 in the GHL.

Senior ADAM DILLON added eight points and four rebounds for West Hills.

Helix faces an interesting road in the playoffs, landing in the middle of the Division 1 final rankings.

West Hills also finds itself on the bottom half of the Division 2 bracket and will likely end up on the road in the playoffs.




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