MURRIETA — Vista Murrieta finished strong Saturday, as the Broncos hung on to defeat Fairmont Prep Academy 57-47 in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls basketball playoffs.
Broncos senior Gabby Stoll scored 18 points, with six of those coming in the deciding fourth quarter.
With the win, and a toss of the coin, the Broncos advanced to the quarterfinals where they will host the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Chaminade.
“We knew that this was going to be a very difficult and tight game,” Vista Murrieta coach Kurt Ruth said. “I think that ultimately what got us through this one is that we had the fresher legs out there.”
Leading by three points heading into the final quarter, the Broncos fended off an attacking Fairmont Prep side and converted 10 of 16 free-throw attempts to secure the victory.
“This one was felt really good because we have seen our season end in the second round the past few years,” Stoll said. “In that fourth quarter, we just tried to make open shots and close out on their shooters.”
Vista Murrieta found itself trailing after the first, after a mistake-filled end to the quarter finished with Izzy Om scoring on a layup as time expired to give Fairmont Prep the 14-12 advantage.
The Broncos regained control of the game again late in the second quarter, putting together a 7-0 run with under three minutes to play to take a 29-24 lead into the break.
The Huskies outscored the Broncos 11-9 in the third to set the stage for the final period.
Vista Murrieta freshman Alexis Mead scored 13 points while Imari Cooley and Reece Lingat both aided the Broncos with 10-point efforts.
Fairmont Prep was led by a 15-point night from Om, while Brittaney Chan and Ally Yamada scored 10 and eight points, respectively.