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Lucerne Valley Girls Basketball Clinches Playoff Spot

The Lucerne Valley High School girls varsity basketball team clinched a C.I.F. playoff sport on Friday, January 21st after the Lady Mustangs crushed the Victor Valley Christian Royals, 45-17.
 
Playing without starting point guard Jewell Moy, the Mustangs would still play one of their best all-around games on both defense and offense. The team was led by Senior Elissa Otwell, who scored a season high 16 points, and Junior Kaily Quintero who scored 9 to help the Mustangs to a 45-17 victory. The win improved the team’s record to 14 and 9 overall and 6 and 0 in league play, and the Lady Mustangs officially clinched a playoff spot.
 
The Mustang boys would follow the girls and play the game of the season against the Royals.  From the start, the game would be back and forth, close the entire time, but a huge 4th quarter from our Mustangs — as they would score 20 points — would be the difference in the game, and the Mustangs would take the win, 40 to 32, over the Royals.  Senior Robert Cook led the team with 18 points and senior Levar Timmons would contribute 8 to help our Mustangs grab that elusive first victory.
 
 Later on tonight, the Lucerne Valley Girls and Boys Basketball will play their next to last home game of the year against Academy of Career & Exploration (ACE), as the girls look to stay undefeated in league and the boys look to build off their win of last Friday night. The games begin at 5:30 p.m.
 
— Coach Brandon Barkley
 
Elissa Otwell
Senior Otwell led the Lady Mustangs to a 45-17 win against the Victor Valley Christian Royals and a playoff berth on January 21. FILE PHOTO: Peter Day
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