Vista Murrieta’s Jaelyn Brown averages 18.6 points per game, but stepped it up to drop 27 against Murrieta Valley last Thursday, February 6th, as the Broncos downed the Nighthawks 59-43. The win gives the Broncos an 8-0 Southwestern League record and a lock on at least a share of the league championship. The Nighthawks, last year’s CIF-SS Division 2A champions, are now 3-5.
Brown was 9-of-23 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Brown also had six rebounds, six steals and five blocks. Teammate Brittany Reed, who averages 16.5 points per game, ended with 14 on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. She pulled down eight boards. Senior point guard Yuendie Guridi is credited with seven assists.
Murrieta Valley junior post player Alex Morrison led her team with 17 points and eleven rebounds. Point guard Ariana Hernandez had fifteen points, including three buckets from beyond the arc.
This was Brown’s tenth game this season scoring twenty or more points and her second highest game total; she scored 29 in the West Coast Holiday festival against El Dorado.
Brown leads the Southwestern League in scoring and is #7 in CIF-SS Division 1AA. Reed is #2 in the league and #10 in the division. Brown and Reed also lead the league in rebounds with 9.8 and 9.3 rebounds per game, respectively. Brown also leads the league in steals (97).
Vista Murrieta travels to Murrieta Mesa (13-11, 3-5) and then hosts Chaparral (18-6, 4-4) to close out league play. Murrieta Valley is at Chaparral (18-6, 4-4) and then hosts Temecula Valley (11-3, 0-8) for their final league game.