Antelope Valley Press

Bulldogs hand Royals first loss in GL basketball


PALMDALE — The Highland boys basketball team rallied for a 44-42 Golden League victory over Quartz Hill on Friday night.

Highland (6-6, 4-1) handed Quartz Hill (10-8, 5-1) its first loss in league play.

Highland junior Ernest Tescum made four free throws in the final minute to give the Bulldogs the victory.

Quartz Hill led the entire first half, but Highland went on a 6-0 run in the third quarter to tie the game. The Bulldogs’ defense held the Royals to six points in the third quarter and led 32-30 entering the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded leads in the fourth quarter.

Tescum made two free throws with one minute remaining to tie the game at 42-42.

The Highland defense then made a stop.

Tescum was fouled again and made another two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 44-42 lead.

Quartz Hill missed the final shot. Highland sophomore Isaiah Lemongo finished with eight points and six rebounds and Highland coach Chris Cole credits Lemongo for shifting the momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor.

Highland senior Luke Manzano had nine points and seven rebounds and sophomore Tykeam McQueen made two 3-pointers and had four rebounds.

Highland will play at Eastside on Tuesday, when Quartz Hill travels to Knight, the final undefeated team remaining in the Golden League.

Girls Basketball Paraclete 40, Hillcrest Chr. 9

The Paraclete girls basketball team defeated Hillcrest Christian 40-9 on the road on Friday.

The Spirits (3-7) recorded 11 steals and 21 offensive rebounds in the game.

Junior Ava Zubia led Paraclete with 12 points and senior Jessica Clemmons added eight points and 12 rebounds.

The Spirits play host to Santa Clarita Christian on Thursday.

Boys Basketball Scores

Littlerock 68, Eastside 29 Lancaster 100, Palmdale 54 Palmdale Aerospace Academy 71, Trinity Classical Academy 62

Paraclete 69, Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 48

Boys Soccer Scores

Bakersfiel­d Christian 1, Rosamond 0 Palmdale Aerospace Academy 3, Vasquez 0

Knight 1, Antelope Valley, 0 Highland 3, Quartz Hill 1 Palmdale 7, Lancaster 1

Girls Soccer Score

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