High Desert League up for grabs: Kern Valley played Rosamond on Tuesday to decide championship

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer
Haley Tedrow No. 14 of the varsity Lady Broncs basketball squad looks for a teammate to pass to in the recent home game.
Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer
Maddie Hurley No. 23 of the varsity Lady Broncs team keeps her eyes on the ball as she gets ready to catch it. Teammate, Brenna Acosta No. 20 is in the background.

By: Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The stage has been set for the big High Desert League clash between the Rosamond Lady Roadrunners and the varsity Lady Broncs basketball squad.

On Tuesday the Lady Roadrunners came to town to decide the HDL title. Both teams will want the victory as the league championship is up for grabs.

Currently, Rosamond is undefeated at 9-0, while the Lady Broncs sit one game behind at 8-1. The Tuesday matchup either gives the Lady Roadrunners the inside track to the league championship or Kern Valley gets back in the race for a piece of the HDL title pie.

The first game in Rosamond saw the home team collect the 59-43 win over the Lady Broncs.

Getting to this point the Lady Broncs played a pair of HDL games this past week. They would dominate both games to keep them in the title hunt.

They played in Desert on Jan. 25 and at home against Frazier Mountain on Friday. Neither game was close as the Lady Broncs jumped out quickly and never looked back.

On the road against the Lady Scorpions, Kern Valley took the early lead 18-1 after the opening quarter. They kept their foot on the gas as they went to the break with a 25-5 cushion.

It was another 15-point effort in the third for the Lady Broncs to up the score to 40-10. With the clock running the game was done and the Lady

Broncs team had collected the 43-16 victory to move one step closer to the showdown with Rosamond.

Seven Kern Valley players were able to produce points in the game. They were led by Ariah Seidel and Maddie Hurley with 12 points apiece. All 12 points from each player came from behind the three-point arc. Quincie Preston added six points that came from draining a pair of three-pointers. Brookelynn Gallis also has six points, while Brenna Acosta finished with four points. Haley Tedrow added two points, while Alyson Bangert sank a free throw for her lone point.

Preston and Topanga Gordan shared the team lead in rebounding with eight. Three players, Hurley, Gallis, and Bryce Kelso each had seven boards. Bangert grabbed six rebounds, while Seidel pulled down five rebounds. Kaila Gholson got in on the board work as she was credited with four rebounds, while Tedrow had a pair of boards. Addy Goulding and Acosta recorded one rebound apiece in the contest.

Preston handed out four assists to lead Kern Valley in the unselfish department. Acosta and Bangert recorded a pair of assists, while Tedrow, Goulding, and Hurley had one assist apiece.

In the game with Frazier Mountain it was another dominating effort as Kern Valley started fast and never slowed down in winning the game 45-27.
In the opening quarter it was 17-5. By the time the teams went to the break the hometown scoreboard read 25-10.

Coming out of the locker room from halftime, the Lady Broncs poured in another 11 points. The Lady Falcons managed to score nine to make it 36-19 after three.

In the final quarter Kern Valley scored nine points, while the Lady Falcons dropped in eight points.

Two players from the Lady Broncs were able to complete double-doubles in the game. Hurley led the team in scoring with 13 points, while hitting three times from three-point land. She pulled down 14 rebounds for her double-double. Tedrow finished with 10 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds for her double-double.

Other Lady Broncs in scoring saw Acosta have eight points. Gallis and Kelso each scored five points, while Seidel and Gordan each closed out the points with two.

On the boards, Gallis had eight rebounds, while Gordan had five boards. Preston, Goulding, and Bangert each had three rebounds, while Acosta had two boards. Seidel and Kelso recorded one rebound apiece to wrap up the board work.

Acosta led the squad in assists with three. She was followed by Hurley and Gallis who were credited with a pair of assists. Preston, Tedrow, and Goulding finished the game with one assist apiece.

Tedrow stuffed three of the Lady Falcons shot attempts, while Gordan had one block.

The Lady Broncs have now won six straight games after losing to Rosamond the first time around.

The big one is set for Tuesday on the Kern Valley court. Then on Friday Cal City comes to town in the next to last HDL game of the year.