By: Ray Conner
In a nail-biter, the varsity Broncs basketball team jumped out of the gate with a win to begin the season.
Kern Valley began its year on Friday as they traveled to Delano to take on Wonderful College Prep Academy.
After battling for four quarters, the Broncs would take the game 60-59.
It was a team effort as eight-of-the nine players that saw the court was able to contribute in the scoring. Kern Valley was looking at a deficit after one quarter of play. The Wolves had jumped out to a 22-16 lead.
In the second, the Broncs turned up the defense and held their opponents to just eight points. The offense did its part as they dropped in 20 to take the 36-30 lead into the break.
In the second half it was a back and forth battle.
The score after three quarters was 45-43 for the Broncs.
But in the end Kern Valley would come out with the hard fought victory.
Kaden Preston led the charge as he poured in 21 points, including hitting three from three-point land. Davin Lee followed with 11 points, while Ryan Walker scored eight. Shelton Alley and Lucas Harris each had six points, while Dakota Smith delivered five points to the winning cause. Trey Bushling dropped in one from long-distance for his three points, while Spencer Hansen added two points from the free-throw line.
On the boards, Preston shared the team lead with 10 to complete his double-double. Walker also pulled down 10 rebounds. Smith grabbed nine boards, while Hansen was credited with six rebounds. Harris had five boards, while Lee recorded four. Alley had three rebounds, while Bushling had a pair of boards. Jeffrey Cawein finished with one rebound to close out the board work.
Lee handed out five assists to lead the Broncs in unselfish play. Hansen recorded four assists, while Walker, Harris and Smith dished out a pair of assists each. Bushling, Alley, and Cawein were credited with one assist apiece.
Lee and Walker each recorded a pair of blocked shots, while Preston and Harris had one block apiece.
Hansen was the leading thief on the team as he was credited with five steals in the game. The law offices of Lee, Walker and Harris got away with three steals apiece, while Bushling had two. Alley and Smith each finished with one steal.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “I thought that we did a good job competing tonight. I was especially impressed with the aggressiveness of our defense. We need to make better decisions on offense, specifically we need to take care of the ball better. Overall though, it was a good first game. We just need to keep getting better. It is nice to be 1-0.”
Kern Valley will not take the court again until Dec. 4 when they compete in the tournament at Sierra Pacific