By Ray Conner
The Kern Valley varsity basketball season ended on a sour note as they lost the last two games of the regular season.
A trip to Cal City and a home game with rival Bishop were the last two times for the Broncs to take the court.
At Cal City, the Broncs put up a good fight, only to fall in the end. The final score saw the Ravens win 84-66. Kern Valley had cut the lead to seven late in the game, but it was not enough as the Ravens took the game.
In the first quarter the Ravens scored 25 points, while the Broncs had 18. When they went to the break, the scoreboard showed Cal City up 45-28.
Coming out of halftime, the Broncs pulled to within 12 when the horn sounded to end the quarter. In the fourth they continued to battle. But could not maintain and finished with the loss.
Anthony Barton led the Broncs in scoring with 17 points. Ryan Walker finished with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Kaden Preston scored 10 points, including hitting once from three-point land. Lucas Harris added 10 points, while Dakota Smith had nine. Davin Lee finished off the scoring for Kern Valley with six points.
On the boards, Barton completed his double-double as he grabbed a team high 13 rebounds. Smith pulled down 10 rebounds, while Walker had six. Harris finished with four rebounds, while Lee had three boards. Spencer Hansen had a pair of rebounds, while Tanner Tito and Preston had one rebound apiece.
Lee handed out nine assists to lead the Broncs in the unselfish department. Barton dished out three, while Hansen had a pair of assists. Smith had the final assist for Kern Valley.
Harris slapped away four shot attempts the Ravens tried.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “We had a heck of a comeback in the second half, as we cut the lead down to seven early in the fourth. I am proud of the players, and how hard they worked.”
Hansen said, “We came up short but played super hard. Our seniors gave us the needed energy that we will also take into our game against Bishop this Friday.”
Ending the regular season against their rival, the Broncs played the Senior Night game at home. Kern Valley fell behind out of the gate as they were limited to just seven points. Bishop scored 21 to take the 14-point margin. The Broncs added 13 points in the second quarter, while Bishop had 12. The halftime score saw the Broncos up 33-20.
In the second half, the rival squad added 25 points to their total, while Kern Valley had 18. After three it was 58-38.
In the end the Broncos stayed hot by pouring in 27 more points. The Broncs could only score 17 to make the final 85-55 for Bishop.
Three seniors on the Broncs combined to score 15 points. Barton had 11 points, Moore added three and Tito finished with two. Leading the Kern Valley squad in scoring was Walker and Preston with 12 points apiece. Walker hit twice from behind the three-point arc. Lee finished with nine points, while Cawein had three points. Harris scored two points, while Smith sank a free throw for his lone point in the game.
Barton recorded another double-double as he grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Moore, another senior on the team pulled down a pair of rebounds while Tito had one board. Walker had eight boards, while Preston had five boards. Harris and Smith were each credited with four rebounds, while Hansen and Kenneth King had a pair of rebounds apiece. Lee had one board in the game.
Moore handed out a pair of assists to share the team lead with Lee. Barton and Harris each had one assist. Preston recorded the lone block for the Broncs. Christianson said, “It was a privilege to coach the players on this team. They worked hard, never gave up, and all 12 were always at practice. Thanks to everyone for their support.”
With the regular season over, the Broncs finished with a 5-16 mark overall and were 5-7 in the HDL.