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Elsinore and Temescal Canyon Lose First Round Games


Monday, December 30th, 2013
Issue 01, Volume 17.
Charles McKee
Sports Writer


Murrieta Valley Coasts to 60-27 Victory Over Temescal Canyon

Round Two of the 18th Annual Nighthawk Classic has been played and three teams remain undefeated. The semifinal games get under way this afternoon. Tournament host Murrieta Valley cruised to a 60-27 bashing of Temescal Canyon as they improved to 2-0 in the tourney.

The Nighthawks bolted to a 14-2 lead in the first period and never relented and built a 26-13 lead at the half. Murrieta Valley would put even more pressure on the Titans in the second half as they out scored Temescal Valley 24-14 and won convincingly 60-27. The loss was the second for the Titans.

Senior Alex Morrison led the Nighthawk attack with 14 points and five rebounds. Playmaker Ariana Hernandez added 11 points and six assists. Savannah Corredor scored eight points, Julia Cardenas six and Nellie Jones had five.

"This team is a completely different team than last years" said Nighthawk captain Morrison. "At the beginning of the season we didn't have the team unity and we were all playing more as individual players rather than a team. We have definitely improved and we are beginning to know where each other is on the court and we are playing much more like a team".

Redlands East Valley is undefeated as they gave Boulder City itís first loss in the tournament 56-45. San Jacinto is also 2-0 after beating Moreno Valley 47-37 and Elsinore roughed up Vista Del Lago 65-17.


The Elsinore Tigers put on a great fight as they battled Redlands East Valley right down to the wire before losing 55-51 in the opening round of the Nighthawk Classic. With the score 52-50, the see-saw battle was finally put away with Natalie Ruhlís 3-pointer with less than a minute to play.

Ruhl led the Wildcats with 18 points. Bree Bishop scored 15 while Andrea Hendricks had eight for REV. Elsinoreís Shannon Burrell led the Tiger attack with 13 points. Crystal Malveaux scored 12 and Crystal Zuniga had ten for the Tigers.

Temescal Canyon ran into a brick wall against San Jacinto. The Tigers trampled all over Temescal Canyon as they started fast and never looked back handing the Titans a 55-29 loss.

The Tigersí Brittney Thomas scored nineteen points to lead all scorers in the game. Destinee Wiggins and Renia West both scored 12. The Titans were led by Maraiah Clark who scored 11 points and Aleyna Cortez who had eight in the loss.

Elsinore will play San Jacinto at 5:30pm tonight and Temescal Canyon takes on Murrieta Valley at 7pm.


 

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