HS Girls Basketball: Vista Murrieta Knocks Off Centennial 70-57


The Broncos Improve to 7-3 as they Head into Southwestern League Play

The Broncos jumped out to a big 24-11 lead in the first period and kept the pressure on Centennial all night long. The Huskies battles back but just couldn’t overcome the 13 point deficet.

I was really pleased,” said Vista Murrieta Coach Kurt Ruth. “Number one, just to get the win, It was great that we were challenged, we had to come back with our backs against the wall a couple of times. We could’ve folded up, instead… we made some big shots and pulled away.”

Vista Murrieta is the Southwestern League’s defending Champions and Ruth has only one returning starter, senior guard Keilanei Cooper. Senior Dani Weinmann transferred from the Golden Bears and the two have been the key to the Broncos success.

Weinmann led the Broncos with 18 points and had 6 assists against the Huskies and Cooper added another 17 points and recorded 7 steals. Junior Gabby Stoll led the team with 7 rebounds while scoring12points.

Freshman Maitland Kingsley added 7 points as junior Serena Jimerson and sophomre Natalia Willis scored 5 apiece. Junior Keiara Barton added 4 more and junior Nakela Smith scored 2.

Centennial was led by junior Lauryn Manns who scored 15 points. Seniors Jade Williams had 12 points, Unique Williams 9 and junior center Jasmine Peete had 8 points in the loss to Murrieta.

The Huskies will play St. Anthony tomorrow night at home. The Broncos will begin the defense of their Southwestern League Crown on Wednesday against Murrieta Valley. The Nighthawks are 12-3 under new Head Coach Nicholas Pardue.

File Photo by Shane Sawitz