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Teams too much for Wolf Pack defense

Grossmont against West Hills in an earlier matchup. / Vic Marano


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By Dave Dickens



EL CAJON (1-18-2022) — As West Hills head coach Tim Barry had mentioned earlier in the season – when league play starts, there are no easy wins, everyone has talent.


Valhalla (8-7, 1-0 Grossmont Hills League) defended its home floor, 52-43, unfortunately, that has been the tale of the West Hills Wolf Pack (11-6, 1-2 GHL).


For example, playing Grossmont in the Wolf Pack gymnasium earlier in the month, the Pack led on a 12-2 run. The next thing you know, as the defense all year has kept them in the game, quarters two and three, the Hillers and Pack took turns on a back and forth scoring frenzy, however, the game remains close. The fourth quarter was full of turnovers, poor rotation, passes, etc.


The bottom line, West Hills loses the contest in the fourth quarter, losing another close one, 51-41, the loss before that on Dec. 14 in overtime, losing late again, 50-47, to High Tech San Diego. The moral to the story is that unless there is a medical issue or missing players out of town.


After losing the close one to Grossmont, the Pack took care of the Matadors for league win number one, fast forward to Tuesday, Dec. 18, another league loss.


The Pack went on the road and battled Valhalla for four hard-fought quarters.


“We got a pleasant surprise roday getting a few players back after a week off, but just couldn’t get over the top. We battled it down to 46-41 with four minutes left, but could not knock down a few good looks.


As usual, our defensive efforts were outstanding, we just have some tough competition on the Hills side of the League,” said Barry.


The usual suspects, like Jake Kelly, had a goodnight, as always. Putting up 10 total points, three field goals and 4-of-6 free throws. Jake Partington had seven total points, three field goals, 1-of-2 free throws.


Max Conaway had six total points, two field goals, and 2-of-2 free throws.


It definitely doesn’t get any easier as West Hills will travel to Helix (7-11) on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.


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