Reed, Jones Named Vista Murrieta Athletes of the Month

Basketball standouts Brittney Reed and Camryn Jones of Vista Murrieta High School have been named the January Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the...


Basketball standouts Brittney Reed and Camryn Jones of Vista Murrieta High School have been named the January Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Month, sponsored by the Photos DLite photo studio.

These players will lead their teams into the CIF Southern Section playoffs in the coming week, relying on their talent and experience to help the Broncos maintain their winning tradition.

Reed, a senior forward, is averaging 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Vista Murrieta girls basketball team, which is one of the top teams in the state. The Broncos are 25-2 overall, went undefeated in the Southwestern League, and are seeded fourth in the elite Open Division of the CIF-SS playoffs. They will be at home against Harvard-Westlake in the first round Saturday.

"Brittney has been our 'rock' all season long," said her coach, Kurt Ruth. "Although most people will recognize her for her ability to score on offense, it has been her defensive toughness and effort and her ability to rebound the ball for us which has made the biggest difference for us.

"Lastly, the best thing about Brittney has always been and continues to be her ability to play her best at the most important times; the bigger the game, the better she performs."

Reed said she has worked hard this season to improve her performance, which was already at a very high level.

"I've improved as a player this year by increasing my basketball IQ on the court, learning how to make my three and jump shot more consistent, and increasing my ball handling skills," she said.

Reed's talent and that of her teammates could be on display deep into the postseason. Teams that were selected for the Open Division also qualify for the state regional playoffs.

"The reason for the team's success is really just us playing our game, playing as a team, being competitive and having confidence in each other that we could all get the job done," Reed said. "It shows in our record that all of us stepped up and we're very successful at it.

"I'm just proud of our team and our success because many people doubted us before. At the beginning of the season, they thought we wouldn't be able to win games or even be able to qualify for the Open Division, but we proved them wrong. Now it's time to make a good CIF and State run."

Jones and his teammates on the boys basketball team also advanced to the postseason after posting a 15-11 overall record and 6-4 in the Southwestern League, good for third place. The Broncos will play at Riverside Poly Wednesday night.

Jones, a 6-foot shooting guard, transferred to Vista Murrieta last fall after moving here from Kentucky. He quickly assumed a key role for the Broncos.

Vista coach Andy Rucker had praise for his guard, who will try to lead the Broncos deep into the postseason.

"Camryn came to us right before the Thanskgiving break and we didn't know anything about him, but he has fit in like we have known him forever," Rucker said. "He is a great kid that is very respectful, while seemingly having a great time as a high school kid. We absolutely love having him around and he has been a great addition to our program."

Reed and Jones will receive a free portrait from Photos DLite. The school will also receive one for public display.



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