SANTEE — Four minutes, 46 seconds into West Hills High’s girls basketball game against Helix on Friday night, the Wolf Pack were in devour mode, leading 15-3.
“I thought we were on pace to play a complete game,” said West Hills coach Ryan Kinser.
Instead, the Wolf Pack were in store for a headache. Two Helix shots in the final seven seconds rolled off the rim and out as West Hills survived for a 50-48 victory.
Were it not for senior Megan Scott, the hosts might have spent the night rehashing a loss. A Kaliah King steal and layup gave Helix a 45-39 lead with about five minutes to play.
Then the left-handed Scott bombed a 3-pointer from the right wing. Then a trey from the base line. After a Highlanders 3-pointer, Scott drove the lane, banked in a shot, was fouled and converted the free throw.
Nine straight points for the girl whose GPA hovers around 4.0 and who is waiting to hear if she has been accepted by Stanford.
“I don’t really pay attention to how many (points I score),” said Scott, who led the winners with 12. “Just how many we need to score.”
Carley Raley’s layup with 1:48 to play decided the game.
West Hills, ranked seventh in the San Diego Section media poll and 13th in the Division I power rankings, improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in the Grossmont Hills League. Helix dropped to 5-12, 1-2.
A testament to West Hills’ balance: The team is 16-5 despite no one averaging in double figures as the Wolf Pack girls point toward improving on their quarterfinal exit in last year’s Division I playoffs.
Helix’s Taliah Hooker led both teams with 14 points.