By: Ray Conner
The Lady Broncs varsity girls basketball squad is ready to jump into the season.
Under the guidance of head coach Bill Gallis who enters his seventh year, the Lady Broncs will look to play fundamentally sound basketball.
Gallis who will be assisted by Rick Goulding will have 12 players on the team.
Three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore, and four freshmen make up this year’s Kern Valley squad.
The seniors are: Maddie Hurley, Alyson Bangert, and Mariah Maxwell. The juniors are Brenna Acosta, Addy Goulding, Alyssa Fogle, and Bryce Kelso.
The lone sophomore is Haley Tedrow, while the freshmen on the squad are: Brookelynn Gallis, Ariah Seidel, Topanga Gordon, and Quincie Preston.
Kern Valley will have five returners on this year’s team. Coming back are Hurley, Tedrow, Maxwell, Acosta, and Goulding.
Gallis’ goal as the coach is to teach the players fundamental basketball, be competitive, and mostly have fun.
The goal for his players is to have them reach their full potential, not only as basketball players, but also in the classroom.
Losing four players from last year’s squad, will be a test for the Lady Broncs to fill.
Hannha Hurley, Bradlie Preston, Sadi Hartman, and Sharon Reyes are the key losses according to Gallis.
He is taking a wait and see attitude to see what new players have the potential to step it up.
He said, “We’ll have to wait and see, all the new players are progressing nicely and should contribute to this year’s team.”
In the non-league Gallis will look for his team to gain game experience and minutes for some of the younger players.
He said, “Game experience, we picked up an extra tournament, so I’m hoping we can get a lot of game minutes for the young ones this non-league season.”
He was quick to name Rosamond as the team to beat in the High Desert League.
Last season the Lady Broncs (19-5, 11-1 HDL) and Rosamond shared the league title.
Gallis sees the strength of his team in the hard working effort that have developed.
Turning that around to the areas that need work, Gallis said, “Fundamentally we need to get better at the skills of the game and we also have to improve on our knowledge of how we play the game.”
In closing Gallis said, “Hard to believe this is going to be the beginning of year seven for me, like always I am very excited to get started and see what the season has in store for us. These girls have been a pleasure to coach so far and I can’t wait to watch them on the court. The way these girls have worked so far, they should have themselves a good year.”
Kern Valley last year won two-of the three CIF playoff games they played.
The action for Kern Valley will start on Friday when they travel to take on Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano).