Kern Valley continues run through HDL teams

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; Kaylee Larsen of the jayvee Lady Broncs basketball squad dribbles down court in the game played against Desert.

By Don Hazard
Coach’s Submission

The Kern Valley jayvee girls basketball team stayed undefeated in High Desert League play by beating Cal City by seven points.
Cal City came to play with tough defense against Kern Valley. The Lady Broncs were playing on their home court. They did a good job of disrupting Kern Valley’s offense.
At the end of the first half Kern Valley was hanging on to a slim two point lead. Cal City had the athletes that could stay in front of us and run the floor, but the defense was a little better.
Head coach Don Hazard said, “It’s the best junior varsity Cal City team I’ve seen since the school opened.”
Late in the third quarter our point guard, Sharon Reyes fouled out. The team had to pull together to win the game. Alyson Bangert did a great job taking over as the point guard position to keep the team together. Kern Valley is currently in first place in the HDL and undefeated in league play.
In the second half, Kern Valley’s defense turned it up another notch and held Cal City to zero points in the third quarter.
Hazard said, “After our point guard fouled out at the end of the third quarter Kern Valley had to really dig deep to pull out the win.”
Katie Davenport had six points, three rebounds and five steals and continues to cause havoc on the defensive end. Reyes had five points, five rebounds and five steals and is an excellent point guard. Aryan Meyers had five points, two rebounds and seven steals and has the ability to get in the passing lanes with her quickness.
Kacy Bunting was battling an ear infection but was able to pull down one rebound and get one steal to help the team win. Bangert scored seven points, nine rebounds, one assist, two blocks and four steals. Bangert had a great game and did an excellent job at the point guard position after Reyes fouled out. Kaylee Larsen had six points and two steals and can hit the three-pointer from the side. Bryce Kelso has made huge improvements this season and pulled down two rebounds to help the team win.
Hazard finished by saying, “I was very proud of the girls for staying together as a team after our starting point guard fouled out. They could have folded but played on.”
The Lady Broncs next game is Friday at Rosamond. The Lady Roadrunners only loss came at the hands of Kern Valley in a close game so it will be a high energy competitive game, that could decide the HDL title.