By: Ray Conner
Kern Valley’s junior varsity basketball team got back in action after a very long break.
The Broncs played three High Desert League games in four days.
They opened the week on Jan. 7 taking the trip to Frazier Mountain. Kern Valley took the easy 56-17 win over the Falcons.
All 12 players contributed in the scoring and 10 of them were credited with at least one rebound. The team effort led to Kern Valley getting the dominating victory.
Leading the way in scoring for the Broncs was Airian Navin with 10 points. Josh Papp finished with eight points, while Johnny Tedrow, Seth McCullough, and Jaison Scruggs each had seven points. Garret Davis added six points, while Eli Wertz, Matthew Carter, Tj Sanders, and Derrick Hinkey each scored four points.Rounding out the scoring for the Broncs was Jacob Leith and Carlos Martinez with two points apiece.
McCullough was the rebounding leader in this game as he grabbed 11 boards. Davis pulled down eight rebounds, while Tedrow and Sanders each had seven boards. Scruggs recorded five rebounds, while Papp had four.Hinkey and Martinez each had three boards, while Leith picked up a pair of rebounds. Navin wrapped up the board work as he got credit for one rebound in the game.
Carter was the leading unselfish player for Kern Valley as he dished out seven assists to his teammates. Leith had a pair of assists, while Wertz, Tedrow, Pappa, and Sanders were credited with one assist apiece.
The following day the Broncs were on their home court as they took on Boron. It proved to be another team effort for the Broncs as they crushed the Bobcats 41-22.
Nine different Broncs were able to get in on the scoring in this game. They were led once again by Navin with 12. Martinez collected six points, while Hinkey and Scruggs each had five points.McCullough added four points, while Leith had three points. Closing out the scoring for Kern Valley was Carter, Sanders, and Davis with two points apiece.
Hinkey was the top rebounder for the Bronc as he pulled down seven. Sanders and Scruggs each finished with five boards, while Papp and McCullough had four apiece. Tedrow got in on the rebounding parade as he pulled down three. Leith, Navin, Martinez, and Davis had one rebound each to close out the board work.
Hinkey handed out a pair of assists to lead the Broncs. Navin, Sanders, and Martinez each recorded one assist in the game.
The final game of the week was in Rosamond. The Roadrunners are the team that Kern Valley had to share last season HDL title with. The Broncs were hoping to put some distance between them and Rosamond. But it was not to be as the Roadrunners took the game 39-35.
The Broncs fell behind early, but battled back to make a game of it in the end. Early on the Broncs were behind 11-2 before finding the range on offense and stepping up the defense to get back into it.
When the final horn sounded the scoreboard showed the home team Roadrunners claiming the victory.
McCullough led the team in scoring as he poured in 11 points. He was followed by Scruggs who put in 10 points. Hinkey finished with eight points, while Carter had four. Rounding out the scoring for Kern Valley was Papp with two points.
On the boards, it was Scruggs with the team-high seven rebounds. Hinkey grabbed five, while McCullough pulled down four boards. Papp had three rebounds, while Sanders had two. Carter with one wrapped up the board work for Kern Valley.
McCullough and Carter shared the team lead in assists with two apiece. Papp and Hinkey had one assist each in the contest.
The Broncs head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “The boys played their hearts out every game this week. We started off with two very good team wins against Frazier Mountain and Boron. We knew that Rosamond was going to be a tough test on the road, especially after playing two games earlier in the week. The team had to fight through some unforeseen adversity and they responded well. Despite being down 11-2 early in the first we bounced back to lead by six with three minutes left. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold onto the lead and came up short in the end. I am very proud of how they played and pushed through the obstacles. I am looking forward to seeing who is going to step up and lead this team during this rough patch of the season.”
The Broncs took on Cal City on Tuesday and will face off with Bishop on Friday.