HS Basketball: Murrieta Mesa Finishes Strong to Defeat Chaparral 58-35

Great Oak Slams Murrieta Valley & Vista Murrieta Beats Temecula Valley in Southwestern League Action

Murrieta Mesa rebounded from last Friday’s loss to Great Oak and punished Chaparral 58-35 in Monday’s Southwestern league contest.

The Rams jumped out to a 16-11 lead in the first period and it was a 28-23 game at the end of the half. Murrieta scored 9 points in the third period and then exploded for 21 in the final frame to coast to victory.


Murrieta Mesa played without junior captain and leading scorer Maitland Kingsley, who was injured in the loss to Great Oak. Kaylee Van Betuw picked up the slack as the freshman scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Rams.

Junior Emily Gonzalez and sophomore Sydney Ormiston each scored 10 points against the Pumas. Sophomore Kayli Klemp added 6 points, freshman Mia Golovich 5 and Valerie Arias scored 3 points. Juniors Shelbee Burrier, Sedaja Dixon and sophomore Rayven Crook scored 2 points apiece.

The Pumas were led by freshman forward Dorothy Elemento who scored 9 points. Junior Zia Rapada added 6 points while freshmen Roselynne Lopez and Rokhaya Cisse each scored 5 points for Chaparral.

Junior Cordelia Watkins and freshman Ella Duvauchelle each scored 4 points. Duvauchelle led the Pumas with 5 rebounds. Senior Julia Schauwecker had 2 points.

In other games, Vista Murrieta beat Temecula Valley 61-38. Senior Natalia Willis led the Broncos with 23 points. Junior Ruthie Vargas scored 10 points while junior Sarah Rich and senior Jazmine Acedo added 9 each. Junior Jessica Stoll scored 8 points for the Broncos.

Sophomore Dianna Gerken was the Golden Bears high scorer with 13 points. Senior Emma Vollmer added 10 more.


Junior Gabriella Dimopoulos scored 6 points and senior Anastasia Navarro 3. Senior Kalani Hooks, junior Rachel Falkner and sophomore Madison Packwood scored 2 points apiece.

Fun game tonight” said Golden Bears Head Coach Kyle Rouse. “Unfortunately we ran out of gas. Had a chance to cut it to 3 in the 4th quarter and missed a layup. Vista went on a run after that led by Willis #14 who ended with 23 points. Hit 3 3’s in the 4th to extend their lead unfortunately. We sure battled though”.

Great Oak won it’s sixth game in a row and is leading the Southwestern league with a 3-0 record. The Wolfpack defeated Murrieta Valley 50-33 Monday night.

Southwestern league action continues Wednesday with Great Oak visiting Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Mesa taking on Murrieta Valley and Chaparral playing against Temecula Valley.

Chaparral            11  12   6   6    35

Murrieta Mesa   16  12   9  21   58


Vista Murrieta    16  12  11  22   61

Temecula Valley  4   20   9   5    38


Southwestern League Standings

Great Oak             3-0

Murrieta Mesa    2-1

Vista Murrieta    2-1

Temecula Valley 1-2

Chaparral             1-2

Murrieta Valley  0-3

Photos by David Kingsley & Katie Gabrielson Rouse