Murrieta Mesa varsity girls basketball's first Southwestern League victory eluded them once again Wednesday as the Temecula Valley Golden Bears came up with a solid second half effort to claim the victory.
The Rams played well in the first half and held a one-point, 19 to 18 lead as the second period ended. Temecula Valley took control of the third quarter, outscoring the Rams 15-3 to take the lead. Murrieta Mesa came back strong in the fourth period but it just was not enough as the Golden Bears held on to win 47-42.
Mikayla Greens and Shayd Bowers led the Ram attack with 14 points each. Greens also led the team with eight rebounds. Kiersta Tanner and Jackie Pulatie each scored four points while Aimie Santiago had three. Jessica "JJ" Brogden dropped in a field goal while Katie Smith sunk a free throw.
The Rams will now travel for a showdown with a very talented and physically tough Vista Murrieta team. The Broncos are currently 3-0 and on top of the standings in the Southwestern League.
The Nighthawks will be at home to face Chaparral. The Pumas are sporting a 3-0 league record having just knocked off the Great Oak Wolfpack in a thriller, 45-43.
Friday will be Murrieta Valley’s Varsity Girls Basketball "PINK OUT" game. Be sure to wear pink or you can purchase the Nighthawk Pink Ribbon T-shirt at the game.
Both games start at 7 p.m.