Spirits sputter

LANCASTER — The Paraclete High School boys basketball team fell to the Campbell Hall Vikings, 52-43, in a Gold Coast League matchup on Friday at home.

Spirits junior shooting guard Chris Gayles led the way with a team-high 15 points, while sophomore forward Elias Bell had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

The game got off to a rocky start, with both teams combining to only score 10 points in the entire first quarter. Paraclete (2-2 GCL) trailed 7-3, and head coach Newton Chelette was not happy with how the team started the game.

“We just really weren’t ready to play, and that’s on me,” Chelette said. “I have no idea, but we’ll get that corrected.”

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Fit to be tied

ACTON — The last time Desert Christian and Vasquez’s girls soccer teams faced each other, the match ended in a 0-0 tie. That was two weeks ago.

The rivals played their Desert Mountain League rematch on Thursday, and although both teams found the net this time around, the result remained the same.

The Knights (5-4-2, 2-1-2 DML) and Mustangs (11-2-2, 1-0-2 DML) played to a 2-2 tie at Vasquez High School.

“It was just one of those games where Desert Christian came out to play,” Vasquez head coach Terry Comstock said. “We just couldn’t get a momentum going.”

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Palmdale brings its A-Lane

PALMDALE – In a game where the Palmdale High School girls basketball team missed 17 free throws and made only five field goals after the first quarter, someone needed to be the hero.

Enter Lady Falcons senior forward Tieanna Lane.

With Palmdale and Eastside tied at 33 with 14.5 seconds left on the game clock in Tuesday night’s matchup, Palmdale junior guard Jessica Ross dribbled up the court and was immediately met by a Lions triple team. Ross passed to a trailing senior center Dharma Mitchell, who caught the ball at the 3-point line directly in front of the basket.

Mitchell took one hard dribble left and found Lane open under the basket. Lane put up a quick shot as she was falling to the ground.

Bucket. Ball game.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to make the shot,” Lane said. “It just went in.”

Lane’s game-winner sealed a 35-33 victory for the Lady Falcons, who improved to 5-5 in the Golden League. Eastside fell to 5-5.

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On the Rise: Paul George enjoying best year of his life

LOS ANGELES — Paul George has always been a hard worker.

During his days at Knight High School in Palmdale, he’d arrive to the gym early and stay late, looking to improve his game as much as he could.

“I was willing and would go beyond to get better,” George said after Indiana Pacers shootaround before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “I just had a sick mind about basketball.”

But that’s one sickness from which George needs no cure. Despite not being selected to this year’s NBA All-Star game as a starter, the Pacers guard has enjoyed the best eight months of his career.

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Lakers down Pacers, snap five-game skid

LOS ANGELES — Before Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton gave a simple when asked which players he looked to have a strong showing.

“Everybody,” Walton said. “All of them.”

The first-year coach got his wish.

The Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak behind a monster second half and came away with a 108-96 victory over the Pacers, despite losing D’Angelo Russell to an injury in the first minute and 12 seconds of the game.

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Knight taps Tapia as new football coach

LANCASTER — The Knight High School football team has a new general for its army of Hawks.

Chance Tapia was announced as the team’s new football head coach Thursday, according to a Tweet from the high school’s athletic department. Tapia served as Knight’s offensive coordinator for the past three years.

“I’m very humbled and grateful for the opportunity,” said Tapia, who was informed about the position on Thursday. “I’m grateful that the administration thought that I was the right person for the job. I couldn’t be happier to receive this position.”

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Quartz Hill has a close call

QUARTZ HILL — The Quartz Hill High School girls soccer team survived a second-half onslaught by the Knight Hawks and stayed undefeated in the Golden League with a 3-2 win on Tuesday at home.

The Rebels (11-1, 6-0 GL) now sit alone atop the league standings. The Knight girls (6-7-1, 6-1 GL) suffered their first league loss.

Rebels freshman Kaitlyn Briones, junior Kelsy Ruiz and senior Reilly Rassmussen each scored a goal. Senior keeper Kimberly Coverdill had five saves.

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