Through the first 29 minutes Friday night, Westview had no business winning the neighborhood scuffle against Mt. Carmel.
The No. 6-ranked Wolverines had been shut out in the second quarter, scored just 23 points and trailed by 10 points.
“It was miserable,’’ Westview senior Amanda Krysl said.
Partly thanks to the 5-foot-6 guard, the final 3:18 of the Palomar League showdown was a different story.
Westview outscored Mt. Carmel by a 16-3 margin down the stretch to wipe out that 10-point deficit and claim a 39-36 victory to keep the Wolverines (19-3, 4-0) alone in first place with their fifth win in the last six outings.
“Shooters have to play with amnesia,’’ Westview coach Bob McHeffey said. “Fortunately, we did that for a couple of minutes.’’
Trailing 33-23, Westview got a pair of 3-point shots from sophomore Mac Oribello. Then senior Toni Magalei canned a 3-pointer, closing the gap to 33-32.
Krysl fourth 3-pointer of the game came with 1:23 to go. Her fifth and final one came with 47 seconds left to give Westview a 38-35 lead.
“We needed to hit some shots badly,’’ deadpanned Krysl, who finished with a game-high 15 points to go with her six rebounds. “The second 3 in that run was the one that told me something was happening, that we were back in it.
“This was a big game for us. We have to keep winning. We want to be 5-0 in league play.’’
Westview, which defeated the Sundevils (12-8, 2-2) for the 10th time in the last 16 meetings, outshot the team from 3.9 miles away by an 8-3 margin beyond the stripe.
“After we hit the third 3-pointer, I told one of my assistants that I all of a sudden got much smarter after looking like a dummy all night,’’ said McHeffey, laughing. “After not hitting shots all night, the girls still had the confidence to take their shots.’’
Prior to the fateful late run, Mt. Carmel grabbed the lead at 12-11 in the second quarter when the Sundevils outscored the Wolverines 10-0.
Senior Casey McWilliam was held way below her 20-point average with a 10-point game. Forward Bianca Wilson collected 10 rebounds for Mt. Carmel.
In addition to Krysl’s scoring, the Wolverines got 10 points from Oribello and eight points from Magalei. Lilly Crabtree, Magalei and Krysl topped the Wolverines with six rebounds each.
“I hope we can play like we did in the final three minutes more often,’’ added Krysl. “I know I don’t want to watch the video of the first three quarters.’’