Led by Aliah Marshall, the Lady Nighthawks took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated Murrieta Mesa 56-38 Wednesday night at the Hawks Nest.
Marshall was everywhere—grabbing rebounds, scoring and making great defensive stops. She was one rebound and one steal away from a triple-double, grabbing nine rebounds, nine steals and scoring 24 points.
The Nighthawks outscored the Rams 19-9 in the first period and kept up the pace. Murrieta Valley was up by 16 as the half ended 36-20. The Nighthawks coasted in the third and fourth periods and took the game by a final score of 56-38.
Karen Wolf scored 12 points and had eight rebounds for Murrieta Valley. Deshea Wilkes scored eight while Alex Morrison and Brynn Dahmer each had four points. Rounding out the scoring for the Nighthawks were Ariana
Hernandez and Janeth Castillo with two points apiece.
“Our team did a great job starting out with intensity and team work. We were able to generate some quick baskets off of transitions and offensive rebound put backs that set the tempo for the rest of the game," said Nighthawk Coach Scott Richards.
"All of our players played well, but Aliah Marshall had an outstanding game causing multiple turnovers from her deflections which earned her 9 steals on the game. She also grabbed nine boards, many them offensive, and scored 24 points.”
The Rams were led by Shayd Bowers who scored 15 points. Mikayla Greens had 11 for Murrieta Mesa.
Murrieta Valley hosts Vista Murrieta Friday night in a showdown for first place in the Southwestern League. The Nighthawks narrowly lost to the Broncos in overtime in a previous league matchup, 53-50.
The Rams travel to Temecula Valley to take on the Golden Bears.
The Broncos easily defeated Great Oak Wednesday night. Yuendie Guridi scored a career high 21 rebounds to lead Vista Murrieta to a convincing 69-45 win over the Wolfpack.
Serafina Maulupe scored 14, Leitasi Cravens 12 and Jaelyn Brown 10 points. Brown dominated the boards and hauled in 16 rebounds for the Broncos.
Alexis Marshall added seven points while Alexis Rivas scored five.
The Wolfpack had a hard time recovering after Vista Murrieta blasted to a 23-7 lead in the first period.
Come out and support your favorite team this Friday night as the cross-town rivals shoot it out for the Southwestern League crown. Games times are at 7 p.m.