EL CAJON Granite Hills sharpshooter Skylar Williams missed her first nine shots Friday but still finished with a game-high 29 points in leading the Eagles to a 55-47 San Diego Section Division I quarterfinal victory over visiting Eastlake.
“It seemed like I missed 25 in a row. Nothing was falling at the start,” said Williams, who nailed 12 of her last 18 attempts from the field, including three 3-pointers.
But such is the roller-coaster life of a shooter. Williams has had the green light to put the ball up for all four of her seasons at Granite Hills. Her record for success speaks for herself. The 5-foot-7 senior is averaging more than 22 points for the top-seeded Eagles (25-6).
Much of Williams’ productivity can be credited to teammates Anna Viettry and Deajanae Harvey, who did a superior job of getting the ball into the scoring leader’s hands. Viettry had nine assists and three steals. Of Harvey’s nine steals, seven led directly to transition baskets.
Both teams were sluggish in the first half as Eastlake managed a 21-18 lead.
“We were settling too much for shooting 3-point shots,” said Eagles coach Jerry Parker.
The Eagles were 0-for-11 from beyond the arc in the opening two quarters.
Switching defenses to speed the game’s tempo helped Granite Hills in the second half.