It was a busy Saturday for valley high school sports as three teams captured tournament titles. The Rancho Mirage boys’ basketball team won their first ever varsity tournament, while the La Quinta girls’ basketball squad and the Shadow Hills girls’ soccer team also picked up tourney titles.
Rancho Mirage 63, Hillcrest 36: The Rattlers got their varsity program off to a strong start as they defeated Hillcrest to win their host tournament, the Rancho Mirage Tip-Off Classic.
Down 15-4 early in the game, Rancho Mirage finished the game on a 59-21 run that was sparked by Bryan Talley, who finished with a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Tournament MVP Charles Neal had his first career triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for Rancho Mirage, which improved to 4-1 overall.
“We have worked really hard since June, 2013 to get ready for varsity competition and it feels great to win a championship in our first tournament,” Rattlers head coach Rob Hanmer said. “Having coached for 20 years now I know how hard it is to win a varsity tournament.”
Daryn Evans, Steven Knight and Bryan Talley earned All-Tournament honors for Rancho Mirage, which hosts La Quinta at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Palm Desert 57, Cathedral City 55: The Aztecs held on to finish seventh in the Beaumont tournament behind a game-winning put-back layup by Remi Degrat with 10 seconds remaining.
The Lions had an opportunity but Darien Broom’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer was defended well by Aaron Cordero, who led Palm Desert offensively with 20 points.
Murdica scored 14 for the Aztecs (2-2), who face Yucca Valley in the Rancho Mirage tournament on Tuesday.
Coachella Valley 50, Brawley 31: Daniel Torres, Jesus Vargas and Edgar Gil all had 11 points to lead the Arabs to a third place finish in the Rancho Mirage Tip-Off Classic.
Coachella Valley hosts Hemet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Cerritos 91, COD 90: The Roadrunners lost a heartbreaker at the Grossmont tournament after being ahead most of the game.
Tied at 90-90, COD committed a foul 90 feet away from the basket with .4 of a second remaining and Cerritos converted a free throw to pick up the victory.
Anthony Kellum led offensively with 22 points and five rebounds while Dock Gooch hit five 3-pointers for 20 points. Jordan Pellum (14 points, five rebounds) and Mark Johnson (eight points, nine rebounds, four assists) rounded out the scoring for COD (4-6), which plays West L.A. on Dec. 18.
La Quinta 42, Coachella Valley 22: The Blackhawks captured the Coachella Valley tournament behind a big game by Melissa Moreno, who finished with 17 points, 10 steals, eight rebounds and four steals.
Moreno earned All-Tournament team honors with her performance. La Quinta (4-0) faces King High School at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in the Rancho Verde tournament.
Palm Springs 51, Kaiser 15: The Indians finished seventh in the Cajon tournament as Kaila Gower boosted the team with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
Joana Adams had 14 points and 12 rebounds while Sierra Leonard-Martinez had seven points, five rebounds and five assists for Palm Springs (1-3), which hosts San Gorgonio at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Cathedral City 43, Big Bear 38: Erica Torres hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to lift the Lions at the Woodcrest tournament.
Torres finished with six points while Lunye Barrett led offensively with 15 points and six blocks. Alinah Espinoza had 11 points and eight steals for Cathedral City (2-2).
Shadow Hills 63, Rancho Mirage 20: The Knights placed second in the Coachella Valley tournament as Gianna Luna lead the Knights with 22 points, 12 steals and four assists.
Jada Toland followed with 14 points and seven steals while Torri Osgood had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Leyah Toland (eight points, five steals) and Chevelle Quezada (11 rebounds) also contributed for Shadow Hills, which hosts Indio at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Desert Christian Academy 56, Liberty Charter 16: The Conquerors won at home behind 25 points by Abby Wagner.
Grace Johnson and Briana Norheim finished with 11 points apiece for Desert Christian Academy (2-0), which visits Palo Verde Valley on Friday.
Monterey Bay 92, COD 66: The Roadrunners finished fourth in the Cuesta tournament as four players scored in double figures in the loss.
Ruby Carrillo led offensively with 16 points while Bianca Gutierrez and Hannah Hughes scored 12 points apiece. Mai Ueeda added 11 points for COD, which plays Cypress on Friday.
La Quinta: At the Heritage tournament, the Blackhawks tied Jurupa Hills 4-4 before defeating Murrieta Mesa 2-0.
Adam Lopez, Jesus Avalos, Daniel Alexander and Jared Ortiz each scored against Jurupa Hills while Avalos recorded three assists. Victor Munoz added an assist.
Against Murrieta Mesa, Ortiz scored while Lucas Rosales had a goal and an assist. Sebastian Ascencio picked up six saves for La Quinta (2-1-2), which visits Shadow Hills at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Desert Christian Academy: The Conquerors went 0-4 in their matches at the Palmdale tournament in Lancester. DCA fell to Viewpoint (3-1), Palmdale (5-0), Bishop (4-2) and Saddleback (4-1).
La Quinta: The Blackhawks finished seventh out of 16 squads at the Beaumont tournament as they beat Beaumont 3-0 before falling 2-1 to Valley View.
Jaylene Manion scored twice in the first match while Tatiana Woodworth scored the other goals. Taylor Doyle, Lexi Mejai and Jianna Guerrero had one assist apiece.
Aileen Galicia scored on a free kick from 35 yards out while Nicole Maler recorded six saves in goal against Valley View.
La Quinta (2-2) hosts Shadow Hills at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Palm Desert: The Aztecs finished fourth overall in the competitive 16-team Beaumont tournament.
In the semifinals, Palm Desert and Paloma Valley finished in a 1-1 tie but Paloma Valley moved into the championship match after winning 3-2 in the penalty kicks.
Mariana Moreno scored on Camille Hauswirth’s assist for the Aztecs’ lone goal.
Palm Desert had a second tie (2-2) against Hemet in their final match, falling 4-3 on penalty kicks. Jane Jordan and Hauswirth scored while Alyssa Granados recorded two assists.
The Aztecs (2-0-2) visit Rancho Mirage at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Shadow Hills 3, Coachella Valley 0: The Knights won the Desert Mirage tournament behind goals from Natalie Navarro, Maria Hernandez and Luz Quezada.
Rancho Mirage: The Rattlers went 1-1 on Saturday in the Beaumont tournament, falling to West Valley 4-1 before sweeping Yucca Valley 5-0.
Melina Flores scored on an assist by Fernanda Mercado against West Valley. In the second match, Mercado, Kenya Cordero, Andrea Coronado, Katie Nolan and Katalina Valenzuela each scored.
Cordero added two assists while Jasmin Sterling recorded the shutout with two saves for Rancho Mirage (2-3-1), which hosts Palm Desert at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Palm Desert: Billy Weaver placed second overall in the 138-pound weight class as the Aztecs did well at the Carter Classic in Rialto, finishing fourth overall out of 66 schools.
Trevor Dalskov (138) placed fourth while Eric Santana (113) and Jacob Chaplin (145) each took fifth in their weight classes.
Dominic Ortiz (120) finished eighth for Palm Desert, which wrestles in the Hawks Nest tournament in Perris on Friday.
La Quinta: Joel Avila (106) went 4-1 to place second in his weight division as the Blackhawks took 15th out of 30 teams.
Jacob Arellano (132) finished fourth by going 4-2 for La Quinta, which hosts the Desert Duels tournament on Saturday.