The Broncos Magical Season Comes to an End
The Vista Murrieta Girl’s Basketball season ended Wednesday night with a heartbreaking 64-52 loss to Chaminade in the quarterfinals of the 2018 CIF Southern Section Championship Playoffs. The Broncos have won the Southwestern league Championship for the past six seasons and were 10-0 in league play.
“We ran into an extremely confident and battle-tested top-seeded Chaminade team, and unfortunately we weren’t able to pull off the upset” said Vista Murrieta Coach Kurt Ruth. “Trailing by only 1 at the half, we were right where we wanted to be… however, we had a tough third quarter that ultimately sealed our fate”.
With the score 32-31 at the half, the Broncos stalled in the third period, scoring only 5 points to the Eagles’ 15. The final period was even, but the damage had been done, Vista Murrieta took a 66-52 loss.
Chaminade’s Alexis Whitfield had a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Leslie Hunter scored 18 points and had three steals for the Eagles.
Despite the loss, we had a great season, and we are very proud of what this team accomplished” said Coach Ruth. “An overall record of 25-3 , an undefeated Southwestern League Championship, and a CIF-SS Division 1 Quarterfinal appearance is something special.”
Calvary Murrieta was also eliminated from the Division 5A quarterfinals by Lancaster Baptist 42-39 The Warriors finished fourth in the South Valley league and ended the season with a 14-12 record.
Vista Murrieta 16 15 5 16 52
Chaminade 23 9 15 17 64