HS Girls Basketball: Murrieta Mesa Stuns the Broncos with a 63-61 Victory in the Southwestern League Opener


Chaparral Beats Murrieta Valley & Great Oak Crushes Temecula Valley in other League Games

Murrieta Mesa shocked defending Southwestern league Champion Vista Murrieta in Wednesday’s opening league game. The Rams held on to their third quarter lead to win 63-61. It was the first time in school history that Mesa has ever beat the Broncos at Girls basketball.

In other Southwestern league action,Chaparral easily beat Murrieta Valley while Great Oak crushed the Golden Bears.

 

 

Vista Murrieta got off to a 11-7 lead in the first period. The Rams battled back to make it a one point game by the half, outscoring the Broncos 23-20 to make the score 31-30 Broncos.

The tough, tenacious Mesa defense held Vista Murrieta to just 12 points in the third period while widening the lead to 51-43. The Broncos would outscore the Rams 18-12 in the final frame, it was too little, too late for Vista Murieta. The Rams held off the Bronco charge and took the game 63-61.

 

Maitland Kingsley led the Ram attack and ended up with 24 points. The junior also racked up 11 rebounds. Sophomores Rayven Crook scored 12 points and Sydney Ormiston had 8. Ormiston led the team with 14 rebounds.

Junior Emily Gonzales and freshman Kaylee Van Betuw each scored 7 points for Mesa. Senior point guard Valerie Arias added 3 points and sophomore Kayli Klemp scored 2.

The Broncos scoring leader was senior Natalia Willis with 21 points. She also had 4 steals. Junior Sarah Rich scored 15 while senior Jazmine Acedo added 9 more.

 

 

 

 

 

Juniors Jessica Stoll and Ruthie Vargas both scored 6 points for the Broncos. Senior Noelani Bernardo had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Jazmine Acedo led the team with 12 rebounds while scoring 4 points.

Southwestern league play continues Friday as Temecula Valley travels to Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta hosts Chaparral and the Rams take on the Wolfpack.

Vista Murrieta   11  20  12  18   61

Murrieta Mesa    7  23   21  12   63

 

Murrieta Valley  11   4  11  3   29

Chaparral             14  11  9  8   42

 

Great Oak              11  8  18  8   45

Temecula Valley   6  9    8  4    27

Photos by Harrison Kingsley.

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