The Copper Mountain women’s basketball team took to the hardwood Friday night in a home game versus Santa Ana College. Only six ladies suited up. Coach Hosie Ward said despite the low number of players, they fought hard until the very end, but lost 74–40. The team will hit the road on Wednesday with a game at  Orange Coast College. Tusitusia Brown led in scoring with 22 points. She also had 21 rebounds and eight blocks. Celeste Reyes chipped in 10 points and five steals.

Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer played an away league game in Thermal. Varsity lost 13 to 1; junior varsity lost 3 to 1. Varsity Coach Jorge Rodriguez said junior forward Fabian Odonell scored the only goal. They played a very experienced side, however the Yucca Valley players never gave up and continued to play hard. He is proud of the guys.

For junior varsity, freshman midfielder Carlos Santos-Rodriguez scored the only Yucca Valley goal off a direct free kick. He was also named player of the match by Coach Adan Mendoza, who said, “Our JV team played well today and it was a very evenly matched game.”

Friday night the Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team played Desert Mirage High School and came away with the win in overtime 2 to 1. Desert Mirage took the lead in the first half 1 to 0. The girls tied it middle of the second half from a goal by Jacqueline Bolha. It wasn’t till the second half of overtime when the girls struck again with a well-placed ball from Stefani Huff to her teammate Nicole Powell who scored for the win.

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