To the visiting Colony High School team, it was probably just another preseason basketball game, but for the Murrieta Valley Lady Nighthawks (6-4) Wednesday, Dec. 20, was going to be a very special day. Megan Ormiston, a four-year varsity basketball player, has dominated the bottom of the net since first stepping onto the courts at Murrieta Valley High School. As a freshman she got to watch and learn what it took to play high school basketball at a higher level, scoring 80 points along the way. From there it seemed she loved the challenge and went on to score over 700 points her next two seasons.
As a senior and 87 games into her high school career, Ormiston needed just 3 points against the Lady Titans to reach a milestone not many high school basketball players get to see the luxury of enjoying, 1,000 career points. With 4 minutes and 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Ormiston sank a basket and the whole gym lit up like a Christmas tree from the camera flashes as she recorded her 1,000-career point. After the basket, the game stopped momentarily as Murrieta Valley’s Head Coach Nicolas Pardue presented the senior with a special basketball signifying the occasion.
“This was a big night for Megan, who is leading our team with 19.8 points and 17.3 rebounds per game so far this season,” said Murrieta Valley Head Coach Nicolas Pardue. “She is a leader on the floor, has worked really hard to improve her game and has great things in store for her as she heads off to UCSB next season.”
The Murrieta Valley girls’ basketball team went on to notch their sixth win this season with a 59-41 victory over Colony. Ormiston finished the game with 15 points, which now gives her a grand total of 1012 total points as a Nighthawk. Senior Ashley Miller led the Lady Nighthawks in scoring with 16 points, sophomore Paris Petitt added 7 points, Jaazer Ridges scored 6, senior Jillian Jinkins had 5, sophomore Yasmine Thompkins sank two baskets and the younger Ormiston, Sydney, who is a freshman this year, scored 4 points.
Megan, who sank in 455 points as a junior, is committed to play basketball at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2018 and is currently second on the all-time scoring and rebound list at Murrieta Valley behind 2001 graduate Rachel Woodward. In four years with the Murrieta Valley, before heading off to play basketball at USC, Woodward scored 2,390 points, grabbed 1,549 rebounds, handed out 292 assists and recorded 397 steals.
Murrieta Valley will be home to play against Paloma Valley this week and will open up against Great Oak Tuesday, Jan. 9.