The Rams Hold Off the Nighthawk’s Late Surge to Win 47-44
Murrieta Mesa defeated Murrieta Valley Wednesday night to solidify their grasp on third place in the Southwestern league. The Rams improved their league record to 5-4 and are tied with Chaparrral for the last automatic CIF Southern Section berth.
The difference in the game was all in the first period. Murrieta Mesa jumped out to a 16-4 lead and never looked back. The Nighthawk’s outscored the Rams in every period after their slow start, 16-3 in the second, 15-11 in the third and 9-7 in the last. A frustrated Murrieta Valley team lost their 9th league game in a row.
Junior Emily Gonzalez led the Ram attack with 13 points Sophomore Kayli Klemp added another 9 and senior Valerie Arias 6. Freshman Mia Golovich, sophomore Rayven Crook and junior Shelbee Burrier each scored 5 points. Sophomore Sydney Ormiston and freshman Kaylee Van Betuw scored 2 points apeice.
Murrieta Valley stats will be posted as they become available.
In other Southwestern league action, Vista Murrieta took control of first place by beating Great Oak 48-43. Chaparral defeated Temecula Valley 57-50.
Murrieta Valley 4 16 15 9 44
Murrieta Mesa 16 13 11 7 47
Southwestern League Standings
Vista Murrieta 8-1
Great Oak 7-2
Temecula Valley 2-7
Murrieta Valley 0-9
Photos by David Kingsley