By Ray Conner
The Broncs basketball team made another trip to Madera to continue summer action.
Kern Valley took on teams from Yosemite and Reedley on June 19.
In the game with Yosemite, the Broncs took the early lead as they went into the break. Kern Valley scored 21 points, while they held the Badgers to just 15 points.
The second half was a much different picture as the Badgers of Yosemite found their offense, while the Broncs found points hard to come by.
Yosemite, in the second half, doubled up on the Broncs as they poured in 30 points. Kern Valley managed just 15 points to send the game to the Badgers 45-36.
Kaden Preston had the hot hand for Kern Valley as he scored 26 of the team’s 36 points. He hit four times from behind the three-point line.
Lucas Harris scored six points, while Davin Lee and Ryan Walker each had two points.
On the boards, Dakota Smith and Harris shared the lead with a team-high five rebounds.
Preston and Walker each grabbed three boards, while Lee had a pair of rebounds. Trey Bushling and Carlos Martinez each had one rebound in the game.
Lee handed out three assists to lead the Kern Valley squad. Walker recorded a pair of assists, while Bushling, Harris and Preston were credited with one assist apiece.
Kieran McCarthy swatted away a pair of Yosemite shot attempts, while Smith and Walker each had one block.
Lee and Harris led the team in steals with four apiece. Walker finished with three steals, while Preston, Martinez, Smith and Airian Navin each had one steal for the Broncs.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “We are still trying to get where we take pride in our defense. We have some people that do, but it needs to be a team effort. We continue to improve, but we are also still looking to get a complete game effort.”
In game two, the Broncs trailed by four points after the first half ended. With the score sitting at 20-16 for the Bucs of Reedley the teams went to intermission.
Coming out of the break, it was all Reedley as they scored 30 points as the Broncs defense struggled to put up stops.
On the offensive side, Kern Valley managed just 17 second half points.
Preston was once again the scoring leader for the Broncs. He dropped in 12 points, including two from long-distance.
Lee had seven points, including hitting once from three-point land. Smith added six points, while Bushling, Harris, Martinez and Walker each had two points in the game for the Broncs.
Smith was the team leader on the boards as he pulled down five rebounds.
McCarthy and Walker each grabbed four boards, while Harris and Preston had three rebounds apiece. Lee finished with a pair of boards, while Bushling, Martinez and Navin each had one rebound.
Lee dished out four assists to lead Kern Valley in the unselfish department. Preston recorded a pair of assists, while Bushling, Harris and Walker each had one assist.
McCarthy was leading, as he was credited with a pair of steals. Bushling, Lee, Harris, Smith, Walker and Navin had one steal apiece.
Lee, Preston, and Smith recorded one block each in the game against Reedley.
Christianson said, “We had some good combinations out on the court that really played well together. That is a big part of what summer is all about.”
Kern Valley was able to get two more games in on Saturday as they traveled to Ridgecrest to take on the Burroughs jayvee team. They also went up against Mammoth as they played in the Kerr McGee Rec center.
The Broncs beat the Burros squad 38-23 and came away with a 50-37 victory over Mammoth. These games had no stats available.