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Mission Hills delivers a message

01/04/2014, 10:39pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Grizzlies make it clear they intend to win school's first section title in girls hoops.

With league play just around the corner, Mission Hills made a statement for the remainder of the girls basketball season.

The Grizzlies, who have yet to win a San Diego Section title in the sport, are ready to make a serious run at a crown after edging Mt. Carmel 47-45 in Saturday’s Gold Division championship game of the Wolverine Shootout at Westview High.

Mission Hills (9-5) trailed 14-5 late in the opening quarter before finally converting chances at the offensive end.

Outscoring Mt. Carmel (10-4) with a 13-2 run that grew to 18-5 into the second quarter, the Grizzlies grabbed a 23-19 halftime lead.

Trailing 27-19, Mt. Carmel ran off a 13-3 run for a 32-30 lead that lasted for about 30 seconds before Allie Israel hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead for good at 33-32.

Israel finished with 13 points and nine rebounds to earn the game’s MVP honor.

“We have high expectations for this team,” Israel said. “We knew coming into this tournament that we could do this. All we have to do is not beat ourselves.

“This was a fun game. We live for moments like this.”

Mission Hills, which downed Mt. Carmel 59-47 on Dec. 26 in the first day of pool play in the annual SoCal Holiday Prep Classic, also got 12 points from Madison Adams and seven points and 11 rebounds from Khayla Rooks.

Ali Engelhardt paced Mt. Carmel with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

In the Black Division, Ramona (11-6) survived a foul-shooting contest thanks to free throws by Kailey Hill, who had 13 points, and Christina Barrameda in the final minute for a 45-43 win over West Hills (8-7).

Ramona took the lead for good at 42-41 on Kyle Scheib’s jumper with 1:38 to play and got two free throws from Hill with 37 seconds left.

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