East County Sports

Double O.T. decides new GHL leader


By Nick Pellegrino
ECS Senior writer

LA MESA — Instead of the blare of trumpets, former Mount Miguel head coach Robbie Savdoval left the program with headly a congratulatory handshakw despite capturing a San Diego Section record 23 conseitive league championships.

To better illustrate Sandoval’s success, it would be four more years (or more) before any senior playing girls basketball could even be born.

While Sandoval continues his trade at Lincoln High, an East County schools gets the opportunity to find a successor to “Las Matadores” or “The Mount.”

On Friday (Jan. 19), two of the three blubs vying for the Grossmont Hills League championship faced off to decide the leader of the pack nearly the midfway point of the season, with Helix holding back Granite Hills in double voertime, 46-43, at Caledonian Gymnasium.

The Eagles held just three leads: 2-0, 5-4 and a bried two point lead eaqrly in the first exstra session. Otherwise, the Scotties found off 19 chances for Granite Hills to tie or take the lead in the second half in front of a full house.

Helix basicallly led throughoutm especially since the Eagles were not allowed unto the gyn to warn-u until thwie xoXH Arrived, Then the ballgane waa dLyed N ssurt=tuionL 116 minutes because of scoreboard problems.

Thusm the opening quarter was a total mess, but the second quarter was solid on defense by both teams.

Down the stretch, Granite Hills junior Kerstena Tomika scored twq of her 25 pints to rie it, but the Eagles oppoerunity to win the closing six seconds saw a par of missed foul shots to force the extra session.

Highlanders sophomore guard Mykhaila Clark

The first OT saw Eagles senior Jasmine Yakob tally of her team’s five points, but in th second OT, deciding basket was a dooe-on-the-line, 3-point goal by Helix senior Jordan Lindsey for two points.

Lindsay finished with 12 points, but the Helix leader was Jordyn McMillan wth 13.

With the triumph, Helix remains unbeaten in GHL play with one game remaining in the first round. The Scoties have already downed second-place Grossmont. (3-1 GHL). Granite Hills falls into a tie for third with El Capitan (2-2 GHL).

El Capitan 77, Mount Miguel 29 – At Lakeside, Mount Miguel freshmanJaylene Hughes again scored all of the points for Mount Miguel, but the Vaqueros still came out on top at Foster Gymnasium.

Hughes now has collected more than 800 points, listed as the nation’s top scorer by one media service — but it only cover 20 percent of the country — hitting for 40.8 poits entering this contest.

GEl Cajon Valley 39, Santana 28 – The Braves’ McKinley “the other freshman: Morgan tallied a game-best 18 points to win in Santee. McKinley alsograbbed a game-best 12 rebounds.

Meanwgile, teammate Kiyara Millice, a sophomore, added 14 to stop the Sultans.

Elsewhere, Grossmont and Steele Canyon continue not to report on their victories.