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No. 1 Granite Hills goes overtime for win

01/26/2013, 1:51pm PST
By Bill Dickens SPECIAL TO THE U-T

Eagles need extra period to beat No. 7-ranked West Hills.

— It’s not often that a team can give up 14 straight points to a quality opponent in the middle of the game and still manage to come out on top.

But that’s what host Granite Hills did against West Hills in Friday’s battle of Grossmont Hills League girls basketball co-leaders. It took the top-ranked Eagles an overtime period to squeeze out a 59-54 victory over the No. 7 Wolf Pack.

“Winning on our home court against West Hills was very important to us,” said senior guard Skylar Williams, who scored a team-high 20 points despite battling the flu.

Williams played all but two minutes of the 36-minute contest and scored seven of the 10 overtime points for the Eagles (18-4, 4-0).

The unsung hero for Granite Hills was sophomore guard Deajanae Harvey. The Eagles scored the last six points in regulation to send the game into OT, and four of those points were scored by Harvey, including a putback with one second remaining.

“It was all a blur to me,” Harvey said of her clutch shot. “I thought there was something like three seconds left. When the ball came off the backboard all I could think about was getting my hands on it. I had to jump over three different girls to get the ball, and as soon as I did, I shot it.”

Harvey, who had 13 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists off the bench, said she could not recall making a bigger shot.

A four-year starter, the 5-foot-8 Williams scored on a layup off the overtime jump to give the Eagles the early lead. West Hills (15-5, 3-1) fought back to go ahead on a Haley Forsberg free throw and a bucket by Emily Cole (21 points), but a basket by Raelleah Leceur gave Granite Hills a 55-53 lead it wouldn’t lose.

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