Broncos of Vista Murrieta Run Over Valley, Win 78-38

#1 Ariana Hernandez passes off the ball In a battle of crosstown rivals, Vista Murrieta's girls basketball team took out Murrieta Va...

#1 Ariana Hernandez passes off the ball
In a battle of crosstown rivals, Vista Murrieta's girls basketball team took out Murrieta Valley High School, 78-38.

Entering the game, the Broncos of Vista Murrieta (12-4, 2-0), who are currently thirteenth in the state, not only showed they had the size advantage, but they also loved to run and play physical. With their in-your-face defense, the Broncos were able to cause turnover after turnover in the first two quarters that contributed to widen their lead to 21 points after one half of play and put the score at 38-17.

"We score off our defense," said Vista Murrieta's Coach Chris Jones. "That is our offense. The defenses we have are designed to get Jaelyn and Brittney out on that perimeter so they could use their athleticism and wingspan and once they do and their active enough, they can go out and run."

At one point in the second quarter, while the Nighthawks (16-2, 1-1) were still within reach, the Broncos had three fast breaks in a row that led to 6 of their points during an 11-1 scoring run to open the quarter.

"We're blessed with pass-first players," Coach Jones said when asked about his team's ability to move the ball around on offense.. "For as talented as some of them are, they are all pass-first players, which sometimes is difficult for us because they need to look to score more."

Led by juniors Jaelyn Brown, Brittney Reed (pictured left), and Nasrin Ulel, the Broncos were too much for Murrieta Valley to slow down. In another large run to begin the third quarter, Vista Murrieta began the quarter with a 16-0 scoring run. Due to the Broncos intensity on defense and willingness to be physical in the paint, the Nighthawks had a hard time finding open shots within 15 feet of the hoop.

It wasn't until there was 2:42 left in the third, when sophomore Alyssa Kreutzer lit a small fire under her team. Within 90 seconds, she scored 9 points for the Nighthawks, 6 of which came from beyond the arc.

After a couple of minutes passed in the fourth quarter, the coaches inserted their bench players to give them the much needed playing time they need to gain experience.

Notable performances by the Broncos included 24 points scored by Brown, 22 points scored by Ulel, and 16 points scored by Reed. On the Murrieta Valley side, their notable performances included 11 points by Kreutzer, all of which came in the second half, and 7 points by Ariana Hernandez.

Vista Murrieta, currently ranked thirteenth in the state, will travel north to Stockton to play in the St. Mary's MLK Classic. They will face Vanden High School (13-2), who is ranked fifteenth in the state on Jan. 17, then go on to play San Francisco's Sacred Heart Cathedral on Jan. 19.

Murrieta Valley will travel to Temecula and battle Chaparral High (9-8, 1-1) School on Jan 21.

#33 Jaelyn Brown shoots the ball over #32 Nakela Smith
#31 Nasrin Ulel shoots the ball from beyond the arc over #12 Julia Cardenas
#3 Alyssa Kreutzer shoots a free throw in the third quarter to make 1 of 9 points she scored in the quarter.

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