Natalia Willis Scores 17 Points as She Leads the Broncos Past the Rams
Vista Murrieta took the lead in the first period and never relented as the Broncos rolled over Murrieta Mesa 50-37 Wednesday night. Vista Murrieta was led by senior Natalia Willis who nailed three 3-pointers to score 17 points while junior Sarah Rich scored 10, grabbed 7 rebounds and stole the ball 5 times.
The Broncos jumped out to a 15-11 lead in the first period. Vista Murrieta held the Rams to just 2 points in the second period and took a 22-13 lead at the half. Mesa fought back and outscored the Broncos in the third period 16-14 but could not build on the momentum. The Broncos came back to take the final period 14-8 on their way to a 50-37 victory.
Willis finished the game with 17 points. Rich ended up with 10 while senior Jazmine Acedo scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 6 assists. Sophomore Shyann Morreo added 7 points and junior Jessica Stoll 4.Senior Noelani Bernardo and Junior Ruthie Vargas scored 2 points each.
The Rams were led by guard Kayli Klemp with 11points. The sophomore has been trying to make up for the season ending injury to junior Maitland Kingsley, who tore ligaments in her ankle earlier in the season. Kingsley is in a walking boot for at least 4 weeks and waiting for an MRI to see if surgery is needed.
A trio of Rams scored 6 points for the Rams. They were senior Valerie Arias, sophomore Rayven Crook and freshman Kaylee Van Betuw. Sophomore Sydney Ormiston led all players with 9 rebounds while Betuw grabbed 6. Junior Emily Gonzalez scored 3 points.
In other Southwestern league action, Chaparral, powered by Freshmen Roselynne Lopez who led the team with 15 points and Dorothy Elemento who added 11, defeated Murrieta Valley 58-39. Junior Cordelia Watkins also scored 10 points for the Pumas.
Great Oak seniors Ashley Waltz scored 18 points, Michelle Stanfill added 10 points and Victoria Farris 9 to lead the Wolfpack over Temecula Valley. The Pack is 5-1 and tied for first place in the Southwestern league with Vista Murrieta.
League play continues Friday with Great Oak traveling to Murrieta Mesa, Chaparral hosting Vista Murrieta and Temecula Valley facing off with Murrieta Valley.
Vista Murrieta 15 7 14 14 50
Temecula Valley 8 6 14 9 37
Great Oak 10 16 14 12 52
Chaparral 12 18 18 10 58
Murrieta Valley 8 12 11 8 39
Vista Murrieta 5-1
Great Oak 5-1
Murrieta Mesa 4-2
Temecula Valley 1-5
Murrieta Valley 0-6
Photos by David Kingsley & Samantha Willis