Rancho Buena Vista's Jacqueline Kane (25) looks for an opening against Vista Murrieta.
MURRIETA For first time since the Clinton Adminstration (1998), the Rancho Buena Vista girls basketball team played in a CIF state playoff game Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, nine first-quarter turnovers proved to be too much to overcome as the Longhorns fell, 75-50, to Vista Murrieta in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
The host Broncos (26-6), an at-large team out of the Southern Section, overwhelmed Rancho Buena Vista (21-12) with a press defense.
Capitalizing on nine steals, Vista Murrieta went on a dominating 17-2 run in the final five minutes of the first quarter and the Longhorns never recovered.
"We made some careless turnovers," said RBV assistant coach Steve Sanchez, who was filling in for head coach Pete LaFrance, out with a bacterial infection. "I thought we would be OK with that because the team we played (Granite Hills) in the (San Diego Section) championship game was also a pressure team. We struggled but I thought we learned a lesson. But we didn't really learn it in the first half."
Following a disastrous first quarter, RBV hung in the game until the third quarter, but unraveled when its key paint presence Mikaela Shannon (7 rebounds) left the game with an ankle sprain.
Senior Jenny Dee led the Longhorns with 17 points in her final game. Fellow senior Jacqueline Kane had five assists and five steals for RBV.
Both seniors played a key role in helping turnaround a Longhorns program that endured a decade of losing before winning a co-Avocado West League title in 2012. RBV reached the San Diego Section title game this year for the first time since 1998.
"It's not usual that RBV goes this far," said Dee, a UC Irvine verbal commitment. "We are definitely proud of where we have come from. It's been awhile and we worked hard."