By: Don Hazard
On Jan. 31 the Kern Valley junior varsity girls basketball team played Frazier Mountain on their home court.
The Lady Broncs came out firing on all cylinders and used the 1-3-1 press for the first time this season. It worked well enough and at the end of the first quarter Kern Valley had a 9-2 lead.
The Lady Broncs took the press off about half way through the second quarter and were leading 24-7 when the teams went to halftime.
Kern Valley went into a 2-3 zone for the rest of the game and ended up winning 43-15.
Eva Brennan had two points and pulled down four rebounds. Clarissa Roca scored two points, with seven rebounds and a pair of steals.
Kern Valley head coach Don Hazard said, “This was Clarissa’s (Roca) best game of the season.”
Kayla Benavides had a great game and hit two three-point shots and ended the game with 16 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Kaila Gholson also drained a pair of three-pointers and ended the game with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, and five steals. Danna Avila added six points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Riley Embree hit once from three-point land and ended the game with nine points, owned the boards with 12 rebounds and had three steals.
This past Tuesday, Kern Valley played Rosamond at home.
The Lady Broncs started the game in a full court press, but went to a 2-3 zone a few minutes into the game after falling behind 8-0.
The zone slowed their opponents down and helped with our rebounding. At the end of the first quarter Rosamond was winning 14-7.
Hazard said, “In the second quarter I was able to bring two players off of the bench and we went to a 1-2-2 zone with pressure.”
Kern Valley caused some turnovers and was able to score in transition. At halftime, the Lady Broncs were clinging to a one-point lead 22-21.
Coming out of the break the Kern Valley team went into a full-court person-to-person press. They held the Lady Roadrunners to two points in the third quarter as the defense turned up the pressure. Kern Valley had a seven-point lead at the end of the third.
Rosamond had used a half-court trap for most of the game but went to a full-court press in the fourth quarter and got back into the game. Kern Valley was able to break their press and hold on for a three-point victory winning the game 33-30.
Hazard commented, “It was a crazy game.”
Kasey Lassen is back after being injured for the last couple of games. She ended the game with 17 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Embree played hard and finished with five points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Hazard said, “Riley’s (Embree) defense caused a lot of turnovers.”
Avila hit one three-pointer and had one steal. Gholson finished with four points, six rebounds, one assist and a pair of steals.
Hazard added, “Her defense and rebounding were key to the win.”
Benavides scored four points, had four rebounds, one assist and six steals. “Kayla (Benavides) did a great job breaking Rosamond’s half-court trap,” said Hazard.
Roca had one rebound and one assist, while Brennan had four rebounds for Kern Valley.
Hazard said, “I was really proud of how well the team played in both games. They are having fun and playing well.”
The Lady Broncs ended the season on the road against Bishop on Tuesday.