Brown Scores 22 in Vista's Win Over Murrieta Mesa

Vista Murrieta High School coach Chris Jones talks to his players during a timeout Wednesday night.  By Sierra Trujillo The Vista Mu...

Vista Murrieta High School coach Chris Jones talks to his players during a timeout Wednesday night. 
By Sierra Trujillo

The Vista Murrieta High School girls basketball team cruised to a 62-44 win over the Rams of Murrieta Mesa Wednesday night.

While the Broncos got the victory, head coach Chris Jones said that his team could have, and should have, played better.

“We were not very good and I’m a little frustrated with our overall performance,” said Jones. “We just have to get a lot better. It just wasn’t a very solid effort.”

After the first period, the Broncos trailed the Rams by one point. However, Vista picked up its offense in the second period and went into halftime leading the Rams, 31-18. Junior Brittney Reed led the Broncos in the first half with nine points.

Coming out of halftime, the Broncos continued to pick up their offense, but also worked to keep the Rams’ scoring low. Junior Jaelyn Brown said that the Broncos continued to press on defense, even with their increasing lead.

“[We used] full court pressure,” said Brown. “We would go into man, into zone [defense]. We would just continue to pressure to get the steals.”

Brown contributed to the dominant second half for the Broncos with 14 points. She ended the game with a team-high 22 points.

“She’s kind of like our overall leader,” said Jones. “We expect her to direct us on the overall level.”

Reed ended the game with 13 points for the Broncos, while Kali Jones contributed to the win with 11 points.

While Murrieta Mesa was defeated on Wednesday night, it is not because the Rams did not put up a fight. Seniors Kiersta Tanner and Octavia Williams put up 15 points and 13 points, respectively.

According to the scoreboard, it appeard that the Broncos controlled the entire game, but Jones said he was not overly impressed with any of his players' performance. According to Jones, Vista Murrieta will need to work hard at practice in order to have a chance to win its next few games.

“We [have to] get in the gym, practice, get a lot better,” said Jones. “We have to get a lot better because we’ll get beat pretty bad the way we played tonight.”

Vista Murrieta, improving 13-6 with the victory, will host Chaparral on Friday, followed by the sixth-ranked team in the Southwestern Division, Canyon Springs High School, on Saturday. Murrieta Mesa, which falls to 12-7, will host Great Oak in a league game on Friday.

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