By: Ray Conner
The Kern Valley varsity boys’ basketball squad got back to business this week as they played three games.
These were the beginning of High Desert League action. The Broncs would take on Frazier Mountain, Boron, and Rosamond.
They would collect a pair of wins, but fell short in their game with the Roadrunners of Rosamond.
Kern Valley traveled to Frazier Mountain on Jan. 7 and took control early and never looked back. They poured in 29 points to begin the game and dominated the rest of the way winning 64-9. The halftime score favored the Broncs 46-6.
Spenser Hansen had the hot hand as he dropped in 23 points to lead Kern Valley. Hansen scored the first nine points of the game as he drained three three-pointers to open a 9-0 lead for the Broncs. He would have a total of four from behind the three-point arc and score all of his 23 points in the first quarter.
Davin Lee and Kaden Preston each had nine points, including hitting once from long-distance. Dakota Smith added eight points, while Shelton Alley finished with five points. Trey Bushling score four points, including a three-pointer, while Ryan Walker had three points. Tyler Strange had two points, while Kieran McCarthy hit a lone free throw for his one point.
Walker pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the team on the boards. Smith finished with eight boards, while Preston had six rebounds. Lee and Jeffrey Cawein each grabbed five boards, while Lucas Harris had three. Hansen, Bushling, Alley, and McCarthy each had two rebounds in the game. Strange with one rebound rounded out the board work for Kern Valley.
Lee dished out five assists to lead the team. Preston handed out four, while Hansen, Walker, and Cawein each had a pair of assists. Bushling was credited with one assist.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “It was nice to start out High Desert League play with a dominating win. Our defense was really active and working together. This team can really play well when they work together.”
The following day Kern Valley was at home when Boron came a calling. A strong first half propelled the Broncs to the 57-40 victory and moved them to 2-0 in the HDL.
In the first quarter the Broncs scored 17 points to open a 17-10 lead after one. In the second the defense stepped up their game as they held the Bobcats to just four points. They would drop in 14 points to take the commanding 32-17 cushion.
In the second half the teams matched scoring as they both added 26 points to their total. But the big first half gave the Broncs the win.
Preston was the top scorer for the Broncs with 16 points, including hitting three from behind the arc. Lee finished with 13 point, including a three-pointer, while Smith scored seven points. Harris had six points, while Hansen hit a three-pointer and totaled five points. Walker and Alley each scored four points, while Bushling wrapped up the scoring with two points.
Smith and Alley shared the team lead in rebounds with eight apiece. Hansen and Walker each had five boards, while Harris grabbed four rebounds. Preston and Bushling recorded three rebounds apiece, while Lee and Cawein each had one board in the game.
Hansen had four assists to lead the squad. Bushling handed out three assists, while Preston, Lee, and Smith were credited with one each. Lee just missed recording a double-double as he was credited with nine steals.
Christianson said, “Another good game for us defensively. We are really starting to work together as a team. Still need to continue to improve. Towards the end of the game, we got a little sloppy and we need to clean that up a bit.”
The last game of the week was a trip to Rosamond, where in the past Kern Valley has had a tough time of it. The Roadrunners was able to come away with the 49-32 victory.
The game started close as both teams struggled on offense. After the opening quarter it was 8-7 for the Broncs. Rosamond outscored Kern Valley 11-3 in the second to