By Ray Conner
Sometimes winning isn’t the only thing when it comes to high school basketball.
The young varsity Broncs basketball team, while not collecting many wins this season, showed that it is not all about winning.
Each game they took the court knowing that a favorable outcome was probably not in the cards. But each game they left it all on the court never making excuses for falling short.
They did pick up their second win of the year as they faced Frazier Mountain. The few seniors on the squad were honored as it was Senior Night. The home crowd enjoyed Kern Valley coming away with the 60-42 win.
The Broncs broke open a tie game with seven minutes left in the game as they cruised to the victory. In the fourth the score was knotted at 38-38. The defense clamped down, and the offense was able to find the bottom of the basket as they out-scored their opponent 22-4 in the last seven minutes.
Kern Valley took the early lead 12-8 after the opening quarter. By the break, it moved to 22-15 in the Broncs favor.
Coming out of the locker room, the Falcons turned up the offense and dropped in 20 points. Kern Valley answered with 15, but the game became close at 37-35 for the Broncs.
In the final quarter, the team would not disappoint their seniors in sending them off with a win in their last home game.
Kern Valley scoring: Anthony Barton 18, Dakota Smith 11, Kaden Preston 9, Tanner Tito 8, senior Micah Wenzel 6 (three-pointer), senior Aaron Grimsby 5, Tahoe Taylor 3.
Rebounding: Barton 13 (double-double), Smith 7, Grimsby 5, Wenzel 5, Taylor 5, Tito 2, Peter Moerke 2, Preston 1.
Assists: Grimsby 4, Preston 4, Tito 3, Barton 1, Smith 1.
Blocks: Preston 1.
Steals: Grimsby 4, Tito 2, Preston 2, Barton 2, Smith 2, Moerke 1, Wenzel 1, Taylor 1.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “It is always nice to win on a night when we are honoring our seniors. Aaron (Grimsby) and Micah (Wenzel) have been in the basketball program for four and three years respectively, and have given a lot to Kern Valley basketball. The last seven minutes of the basketball game was one of our best stretches of the season.”
Barton said, “We played really well as a team. We played a good defense, which ultimately led us to getting a victory. Lots of love to our two seniors, Aaron and Micah.”
Grimsby said, “Anthony Barton had a great game tonight and really sealed the deal for the win with a big double-double. It’s going to be a great last memory getting my last win in the BroncaDome.”
Tito said, “I am glad that we won tonight for both of our seniors. I know that game meant a lot to them considering it was their last game at home.”
On Feb. 9 the Broncs traveled to Rosamond to square off with the Roadrunners. Rosamond proved to be too tough as they grabbed the 65-37 win.
The first quarter saw Kern Valley fall behind 15-7. They played inspired ball in the second as they closed the gap to one point as they outscored their opponent 18-11.
The third quarter was their nemesis as they managed just five points. Rosamond poured in 23 to open a 49-30 cushion.
The final quarter was much of the same as the Broncs scored seven, while the Roadrunners added 16 to create the final score.Kern Valley scoring: Wenzel 17 (two three-pointers), Barton 8, Grimsby 6, Preston 4, Tito 2, Smith 1.
Rebounding: Smith 12, Barton 10, Grimsby 4, Wenzel 3, Tito 2, Moerke 2, Malikye Moore 1, Preston 1.
Assists: Grimsby 3, Tito 1, Preston 1.
Blocks: Tito 1, Grimsby 1, Moerke 1.
Steals: Grimsby 3, Tito 2, Wenzel 2, Preston 2, Moore 1, Moerke 1.
Christianson said, “The players competed and played hard. The team is playing better, but we are still looking for consistency.”
The Broncs played their final game of the season on Tuesday when they traveled to Cal City.