Five players scored in double figures for Palm Desert Monday night and the Aztecs opened their boys’ basketball season with a decisive 77-47 win in the Beaumont Tournament Monday night.
Gabe Martinez led Palm Desert with 19 points and five assists, Dalton Casserly-Simmons had a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds and Alex McGrath added 11 points and five assists. Will Struthers finished with 13 points and five assists, Gunnar Mogolis contributed 11 points and Xander Bonner had four assists for the Aztecs, who will play in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Palm Springs 49, Shadow Hills 14: Joana Adams scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks for the Indians, who opened their season with a statement win Monday. Sierra Leonard-Martinez poured in 16 points and added seven steals and four assists. Jemmel Ahorro added six points, three assists and three steals in a strong defensive effort, and freshman Ana Reagins finished with 10 rebounds manning the post. The Indians will play Desert Hot Springs next week.
Palm Desert 43, Shadow Hills: Seline Schinke led all scorers with 27 points, adding eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Aztecs to their first win of the season after opening the season with a loss. Alyssa Velasquez added five points and a pair of assists, Charlotte Bracco had four points and nine rebounds, Sydney Downs had five points and Tiffany Steinlechner finished with two points.
Desert Christian Academy 8, Crossroads Christian 3: Cade Burt, Jake Hushaw, Scott Jones and Jake Jung each scored a pair of goals and the Conquerors opened their season with a runaway victory. DCA plays next on Friday and Saturday in the Palmdale Falcon Classic in Lancaster.
Palm Springs 2, Rancho Mirage 2: Angel Valtierra scored in the 56th minute and Jakob Menendez scored on a Gio Vallejo assist to give the Indians a tie in their opener, against the Rattlers. Palm Springs plays again on Thursday in the Hemet Tournament.
The Shadow Hills girls’ team placed seventh out of 48 teams at the Ladies Rebel Rumble tournament in Anaheim over the weekend. The Knights have the first full girls’ wrestling team in the valley, with 17 wrestlers, including sophomore standout Caitlin Cardenas, who finished 4-1 over the weekend with all wins coming by pin. Janeen Ramirez lost in the third round.