Nighthawk varsity girls basketball is now 3-1 in Southwestern League play after a 57-40 win Friday over Chaparral.
Tied at 11 at the end of the first quarter, Murrieta Valley pulled away by outscoring the Pumas by six points in the second quarter. At halftime, the Nighthawks led 28-22 and would keep that lead until the final buzzer sounded.
Player of the gamer honors went to Murrieta Valley's Brynn Dahmer, who scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.
Karen Wolf and Aliah Marshall both added 12 points for Murrieta Valley. Playmaker Ariana Hernandez had seven points and seven assists. Deshea Wilkes scored four more and hauled in eight rebounds.
Rounding out the Nighthawk scoring were Savannah Corredor with three points and Alex Morrison and Isabel Munoz with two apiece.
The Nighthawks travel to Temecula Valley on Wednesday.
Vista Murrieta started uncharacteristically slow against the Rams and held a one-point advantage at halftime. Leading 18-17, the Broncos exploded for 24 points in the third period and completely overwhelmed Murrieta Mesa.
The Rams rebounded in the final period but could not overcome the decisive blow the Broncos hit them with in the previous 8 minutes.
Final score: Broncos 54, Rams 37.
Shayd Bowers led the Ram attack with 15 points. Mikayla Greens scored eight and Octavia Williams five. Jackie Pulatie added another four points while Aimee Santiago scored three and Kiersta Tanner had two.
For the Broncos, Serafina Maulupe had 18-points and Jaeyln Brown dropped in 14. Brittney Reed scored nine points, Leitasi Cravens five and Yuendie Guridi four. Alexis Rivas and Tatiana Navarro both scored two.
The Broncos are now 15-5 overall and lead the league with a 4-0 record. They will play Granite Hills in a non-league game Monday.
The Rams are 12-8 overall and 0-4 in league. They will be looking for their first ever league victory against the Wolfpack from Great Oak on Wednesday.