DESERT HOT SPRINGS — The Vasquez girls soccer team defeated Desert Hot Springs 5-3 on penalty kicks in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Austin Pender, Ryann Arnold, Madi Dooros and Sarah Hammonds all converted their PKs in the shootout for the Mustangs (18-3-3), who are ranked No. 2 in the division. 

Desert Hot Springs made its first three PKs, but missed their fourth one.

That brought up Vasquez’s Melinna Mazon, who sent her PK to the left of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arm, sealing the victory for her team.

“All five shots were perfectly placed,” Vasquez coach Terry Comstock said in an email.

The game was scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods before resulting to the shootout. Vasquez goalkeeper Ally DeHemmer helped secure the win.

The Mustangs will play Desert Mirage at home in the semifinals on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Bassett 86, Desert Chr. 59

LA PUENTE — The Desert Christian boys basketball team’s season came to an end with an 86-59 loss to Bassett in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs on Tuesday.

Jerek Stevenson led the Knights (18-8) with 19 points and added one rebound, while Isaiah Diaz put in 11 points with three rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Desert Christian’s Caleb Gott recorded 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal and Frank Flores added four points, 15 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Knights are losing four seniors to graduation — Gott, William Hart, Aiden Sierra and John Ware.

Highland 67, Ventura 51

VENTURA — The Highland boys basketball team defeated Ventura 67-51 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (23-7) return home for a quarterfinal game against No. 2-seeded San Gabriel Academy on Thursday.

de Toledo 64, Mojave 43

The Mojave boys basketball team’s season came to an end with a 64-43 loss to de Toledo in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5A playoffs on Tuesday.

College Softball

Riverside 3, AVC 1

RIVERSIDE — The Antelope Valley College softball team lost a close game to Riverside 3-1 on Tuesday.

“It was actually a great softball game,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end.”

Briana Garrett allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings for the Marauders (5-4).

“I thought Bri threw well,” Vargas said. “We played pretty well, other than a couple of base running mistakes.”

Garrett also drove in the lone run for AVC, bringing home Isabelle Gomez on an RBI single in the first inning. Gomez was 2-for-4 with a run.

The Marauders left eight runners on base.

AVC will play at Ventura on Thursday, weather permitting.

Women’s Tennis

Bakersfield 9, AVC 0

BAKERSFIELD — The Antelope Valley College women’s tennis team lost to Bakersfield 9-0 in a Western State Conference match on Tuesday.

Viktoriia Belonogova lost 6-1, 6-2 in singles for the Marauders (1-3, 0-2 WSC), while Erica Garcia fell 6-0, 6-0, Becca Jaimes put up a fight with a 6-2, 6-4 loss, Mary Flint-Herrrera dropped her match 6-1, 6-2, Natalie Pinzon fell 6-3, 6-2 and Marbella Rubio lost 6-2, 6-3.

In doubles, Belonogova and Flint-Herrera lost 8-0, while Garcia and Jaimes fell 8-1 and Pinzon and Rubio dropped their match 8-2.

“We played with great effort and had several games where we were pushed to the limit,” AVC coach Justin Webb said. “We’re looking to continue to get better every time out.”

The Marauders are scheduled to play Victor Valley College at home on Thursday, weather permitting.

High School Softball

Paraclete 8, Palmdale 4

Palmdale 14, Palmdale 4 (5)

LANCASTER — The Paraclete softball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Palmdale, 8-4 and 14-4 in five innings, at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park on Tuesday.

The games were rescheduled from Saturday as the fields were unplayable because of the recent rains.

In the first game, Savannah Scripter allowed four runs on eight hits and had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Spirits (2-0). Aspen Frey, Buffy Goodwin and Lamarra Johnson all had two RBIs apiece.

“We made a lot of mental mistakes in that game, but we managed to pull it out,” Paraclete coach Margaret Neill said.

In the second game, Scripter had three hits, including a triple, and drove in five runs.

Paraclete’s Amber Kersanty was the winning pitcher.

“We definitely played a lot better defense the second game,” Neill said. “Amber threw strikes and that’s what she needs to do.”

Paraclete will play Oak Hills at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park on Thursday, weather permitting.

Antelope Valley 17, 

Desert Christian 15

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley High School softball team defeated Desert Christian 18-15 at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park on Tuesday.

Becky Pierce hit two triples and drove in three runs for the Knights. 

Desert Christian shortstop Marisol Rodriguez recorded four putouts and assisted on three more outs.

“She had a really good defensive game,” said DC assistant coach Kimberly Horn.

Horn was also pleased with freshman pitcher Hannah Silva, who pitched the first four innings.

The Knights will play at Eastside on Friday, weather permitting.

Boys Tennis

Quartz Hill 14, Sultana 4

QUARTZ HILL — The Quartz Hill boys tennis team defeated Sultana 14-4 in a non-league match on Tuesday.

Isaac Kim picked up a 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 sweep at No. 1 singles for the Rebels, while No. 2 Westin Allen swept 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and No. 3 Connor Cheng won a tiebreaker set, 7-6 (7-3).

Quartz Hill’s No. 1 doubles team of Alec Shirley and Henry Andrews recorded a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 sweep, while No. 2 Kanwar Deol and Albort Wuelluh won two sets, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 3 Nikil Sunku and Jayan Patel picked up two wins, 6-4, 6-2.

The Rebels are scheduled to play at home again on Thursday, weather permitting.

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