Vista Murrieta Girls Remain Undefeated in League

By Sierra Trujillo The Vista Murrieta High School girls basketball team is on a four-game winning streak after a commanding victory over t...

By Sierra Trujillo

The Vista Murrieta High School girls basketball team is on a four-game winning streak after a commanding victory over the Golden Bears of Temecula Valley High School Wednesday night at Temecula Valley.

The Broncos won 71-29, remaining undefeated in the Southwestern league. They were led by junior Jaelyn Brown, who scored 16 points against the Bears. Junior Brittany Reed also had a strong game for the Broncos, scoring 12 points.

“We always look for them to kind of lead the pack, so to speak,” said Broncos head coach Chris Jones of Brown and Reed. “We want to make sure that they set the standard both from the defensive side as well as on the offensive side. We ask them to attack the glass hard for rebounds. It’s just their job in all facets of the game to lead us.”

While the Broncos defeated the Bears by more than 40 points, Jones still has concerns about his team and its performance. The Broncos scored only nine points in the first quarter but still led the game, as they held the Bears to only five.

“We just seemed a little disinterested, which is frustrating,” said Jones. “We need to have much more energy; we need to be more involved. We need to stop this up and down nature that we’ve been doing, so that’s kind of the challenge at this time.”

The Broncos continued their stellar defense in the second period, only allowing the Bears to reach double-digit points with less than a minute remaining in the half. Vista Murrieta also picked up its offense in the second period and went into the half with a 38-10 lead.

“There’s been a few times when we haven’t played well here,” said Brown. “It always takes us a long time to warm up and get going, so maybe it’s just the court.”

The Broncos came out of halftime with the same energy they showed in the second period, adding to their lead, as well as performing well on defense. The Broncos held Temecula Valley to only eight points in the fourth quarter, and ultimately came away with the victory.

“We feel pretty good,” said Brown. “There were obviously some things that we could have cleaned up a little bit, but overall we did pretty well.”

Vista Murrieta also had contributions from junior Victoria Chea with nine points, and seniors Alex Gordon and Kali Jones with eight points each.

The Broncos, who improve to 16-6 overall and 5-0 in league, will need to improve their energy and stamina, as they take on Great Oak High School on Friday.

“Hopefully we’ll learn that we have to be better prepared out of the gate,” said Jones. “Great Oak was not at full strength the last time that we played them, so we need to make sure that we’re aware of that and that we’re prepared for it.”

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