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Mt. Carmel youngsters a tough test for Westview

01/25/2013, 11:15pm PST
By Doug Sherwin Special to the U-T

The Westview girls basketball team got a peek at the future Friday night, and it’s downright frightening.

The Westview girls basketball team got a peek at the future Friday night, and it’s downright frightening.

Fortunately for the Wolverines, their present still looks really, really good.

No. 5-ranked Westview overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and the magnificent play of Mt. Carmel sophomore Ali Englehardt to turn back the Sundevils’ upset bid 68-60.

Wolverines senior Elizabeth Smith-Carpenter hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than two minutes left as part of a 13-0 Westview run to close the game.

“Those were clutch shots,” said Wolverines coach Frank Quinones. “She’s been coming along all season. She’s coming off knee surgery.”

Fellow senior Ty Wheetley Amaya scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Westview improved to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in the Palomar League.

Courtney Krysl added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Wolverines while Smith-Carpenter finished with 14 points.

Westview trailed for almost the entire second half before taking its first lead, 61-60, on a steal and layup by Wheetley Amaya with 2:04 left.

Smith-Carpenter then drained her 3-pointers from nearly the same spot on the right wing, punctuating her final triple with a fist pump.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “It was a big game, but our team pulled together at the end.”

Englehardt had Mt. Carmel (12-9, 2-2) poised for the upset with a game-high 34 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Casey McWilliam added 13 points.

Englehardt had a double-double by halftime, hitting from both inside and out, helping the Sundevils take a 37-34 lead.

Mt. Carmel continued to dictate play in the second half and led 58-51 midway through the fourth quarter.

“We have a really young team,” said Sundevils coach Tim Jollett. “It’s a learning experience. I felt we could beat them.”

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