East County Sports

Wolf Pack pull away; Knights escape upset



EastCountySports.com staff report


SPRING VALLEY – The West Hills Wolf Pack pulled away in the second half to defeat the host Monte Vista Monarchs, 48-35, on Tuesday evening.


Nolie Wiley had 13 points for West Hills, which led just 18-16 at halftime.


“During the first quarter, we did have some ups and downs, but that didn’t stop us from working hard,” Wiley said. “I think this game did open up our eyes a little to how hard we need to work in future games. The key to me being our leading scorer was just me putting my head down and going to the basket every time I could.”


It was a bit of a three-point contest early between Wolf Pack senior Caitlyn Staynor and Monte Vista sophomore Sami Gonzalez.


Staynor had a pair of three-pointers in the opening period, while Gonzalez had a pair of treys in both the first and second quarters.


Senior Paige Evans had 11 points, including three three-pointers, for the Wolf Pack. Two of her triples came in the third quarter, which saw West Hills outscore Monte Vista, 16-5.


Gonzalez did her best to help keep the Monarchs in the game. She had her fifth three-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter and scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the final frame.


Katie Caires finished with seven points for WHHS.


Anastasia Timothy finished with six points for the Pack.


“I definitely think (junior teammate) Mia Jaquez did great,” Wiley said. “She really keeps up our team’s energy up, especially on defense, and also Caitlyn Stayner for always just being a staple part of our team and getting the ball down the court.”


Senior Maya Garcia also had a three-pointer for Monte Vista, as she finished with six points, as well.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 41, UNIVERSITY CITY 39 – Foothills Christian senior Ellie Turk scored 19 points and sophomore teammate Nataly Bravo added 13 points as the Knights edged the Centurions, who put up a strong upset bid.

Both Turk and Bravo knocked down a trio of three-pointers and each had a team-high six rebounds, as well. The duo also combined for seven steals.

Turk handed out five assists, while Bravo blocked a pair of shots.

Junior Aranxta Fonseca added seven points for FCHS.

Foothills Christian improved to 14-3 on the season, while UC fell to 8-11.



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