TEMECULA – In a dazzling display of skill and teamwork, the Rancho Christian girls’ basketball team soared to victory in their CIF-SS Division 2AA second-round playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Eagles outplayed San Clemente with a final score of 75-50 after taking command early in the game.

Ebony Taylor-Smith, a sophomore sensation, was electric from the three-point line hitting seven shots from beyond the arc. Her exceptional performance tallied twenty-seven points, creating a buzz in the gymnasium with every swish of the net. But it was not a one-woman show.

Julia Wilson contributed significantly, adding sixteen points to the scoreboard, while Bella Cosme was right behind her with fourteen points. Together, this trio of scorers exemplified the might of the Rancho Christian team. By halftime, the Eagles had built a notable 40-30 lead, and never looked back.

Moving forward, the Rancho Christian Eagles have fixed their sights on a promising quarterfinal contest against Moreno Valley, scheduled for Wednesday, February 14. The Vikings won the Sunbelt League going undefeated at 8-0 and are 26-4 overall after defeating Bonita and Woodbridge in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Julia Wilson (33) lays in two of her sixteen points for the Eagles against San Clemente in their second-round game of the CIF SS Division 2AA playoffs Saturday, Feb. 10. Valley News/David Canales photo

Other CIF Southern Section results for area teams can be found online at www.cifss.org.

JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.