HS Basketball: Murrieta Valley Powers past Paloma Valley 55-45 in the Opening Game of the 2017 Nighthawk Classic

Megan Ormiston’s 17 Points & 15 Rebounds Leads the Nighthawk Attack

Junior Megan Ormiston scored 17 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and stole 7 passes as she led Murrieta Valley to a decisive 55-45 victory over Paloma Valley in the Opening Round of the 2017 Nighthawk Classic Girls basketball Tournament. The Nighthawks improved their overall record to 8-3 are playing inspired basketball this season under new head coach Nicholas Pardue.

“We are learning how to play together as a team” said Pardue. “We have a mixture of talent, with some veteran players and rookies. My captains and leaders are junior Megan Ormiston and senior Alyssa Kreutzer. Senior D’Brianna Hampton and junior Ashley Miller are both major contributors providing muscle inside, while freshmen Allie Gibson and Paris Pettitt are stepping up their game providing some great shooting to help our team compete.

Pardue took over from Tessa Mullinex this season and is busy rebuilding the Nighthawks Basketball Program.

“Taking over the program that had some major problems with chemistry and teamwork has been a significant challenge’ noted Pardue. “The girls and the coaching staff are committed to having a positive year that is focused on becoming the best team we can be. We have had some early success and that is due in large part to the team buying into the team concept and staying positive with each other”.

Murrieta Valley used the second and third periods of the game to pull the victory out over the Wildcats. The Nighthawks outscored Paloma Valley 26-17 to pull away and secure the victory and advance to the second round with a victory.

Senior Alyssa Kreutzer scored 10 points and had 7 assists. Freshman Allie Gibson scored 8 points, senior D’Brianna Hampton 8, junior Jillian Jinkins 7 more for the Nighthawks. Megan Ormiston also had 5 blocks in the game.

The Nighthawks will take on Fallbrook in Round 2 of the 2017 Nighthawk Classic Tuesday night at 7PM.

Photos by Mike Clary