HS Basketball: Southwestern League game play heating up as playoffs near

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Great Oak High School basketball players
Great Oak High School remains undefeated in Southwestern League action as they head into the final two weeks of the regular season. Valley News/Jerry Soifer photo

Things are heating up for both the girls’ and boy’s Southwestern League high school basketball teams, especially with the end of the regular season closing in. On the boys’ basketball courts, the Great Oak High School Wolfpack (17-4, 4-0) has yet to lose a league game, while the Vista Murrieta High School Broncos (8-13, 0-4) are still seeking their first league win. Scattered through the middle of the standings heading into this week are the Temecula Valley High School Golden Bears (13-7, 3-1), the Murrieta Mesa High School Rams (13-5, 3-1), the Murrieta Valley High School Nighthawks (11-11, 1-3) and the Chaparral High School Pumas (13-8, 1-3).

On the girls’ courts it’s the Murrieta Mesa Lady Rams (10-10, 4-0) leading the way with their undefeated league record, while the Lady Golden Bears of Temecula Valley (5-13, 0-4) are seeking their first league win as well. The rest of the pack are close behind, making the next two weeks pivotal in the run for the top. Vista Murrieta (12-6, 4-1) came into this week in second place in the standings with Great Oak (7-10, 2-2), Chaparral (13-8, 2-2) and Murrieta Valley (9-10, 1-3) following close behind.

Scoring leaders, according to MaxPreps, are Madison Packwood of Temecula Valley with 269 points for the girls’ side of the court, and Damien Ruiz of Murrieta Valley with 441 points for the boys’ side. Also, for the boys, Lewis Singleterry IV of Murrieta Mesa has 322 points in 18 games and Jordan Montgomery of Murrieta Valley has 374 points in 22 games. Other top scorers for the girls are Makayla Rutledge of Murrieta Valley (174 points in 15 games) and Shyann Morreo of Vista Murrieta (193 points in 17 games). The final game of the season will be Friday, Feb. 7, with playoff brackets set to be out that weekend following the last games. Updates leading up to the final games of the season for all teams, in and out of the Southwestern League will be posted in the paper and online at www.myvalleynews.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.