By Ray Conner
The varsity Broncs basketball squad lost a pair of games this past week.
The young team, despite playing with a full effort, are gaining experience for the future but allowing lop-sided scores.
They took on rival Bishop and were set back 73-31. Three days later, they suffered another loss to Desert 70-42.
Despite the seemingly lop-sided scored, the young Kern Valley team continued to battle on the court.
Bishop came to town on Jan. 30. The Broncs found themselves down early and could never recover. In the opening quarter the Broncos took a 15-point lead as they outscored Kern Valley 19-4.
Things continued to go the wrong way for the Broncs as they were looking at a deficit of 35 points. The score at the break was 45-10.
The second half was much the same as the Broncs finished with 21 points in the half. Bishop continued to find the bottom of the basket as they drained it for 28 second half points.
Kern Valley managed 11 points in the third and 10 in the final quarter.
Broncs scoring: Kaden Preston 8 (2 three-pointers), Dakota Smith 7, Aaron Grimsby 6, Micah Wenzel 3 (three-pointer), Peter Moerke 3, Anthony Barton 2, Tahoe Taylor 2.
Rebounding: Barton 11, Wenzel 6, Smith 6, Grimsby 3, Moerke 3, Taylor 3, Tanner Tito 1, Preston 1.
Assists: Grimsby 3, Barton 2, Preston 1.
Blocks: Smith 3, Preston 1, Taylor 1.
Steals: Wenzel 4, Malikye Moore 1, Grimsby 1, Preston 1, Barton 1, Smith 1.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “This was another physical game. I thought that we went back to being a jump shooting team and did not attack the hoop as much as we should have.”
Three days later, the Broncs rode to Edwards Air Force Base to square off with the Desert Scorpions.
A slow start put Kern Valley in a hole as they were outscored 26-9 in the opening quarter. At the break the Scorpions had built a 21-point lead at 42-21.
The margin ballooned to 30 points after three quarters of play as the scoreboard read 57-27 for the home team Scorpions.
The final quarter saw Kern Valley score 15 points and Desert finished with 13 to create the final score of 70-42.
Broncs scoring: Grimsby 15 (2 three-pointers), Preston 6 (2 three-pointers), Wenzel 6 (three-pointer), Tito 6, Barton 3, Moore 2, Smith 2, Joe Miller 1, Taylor 1.
Rebounding: Grimsby 10 (double-double), Preston 5, Wenzel 4, Barton 3, Miller 2, Taylor 2, Moore 1.
Assists: Grimsby 3, Tito 2, Wenzel 2.
Blocks: Taylor 1
Steals: Tito 2, Grimsby 2, Moore 1, Taylor 1.
Christianson said, “We played pretty good basketball in spurts. Our ball movement was some of the best that we have had all season. As a whole, I would have liked our guards to have played a little more aggressive basketball tonight.”
The Broncs played at home on Tuesday as Frazier Mountain came to town, Kern Valley also celebrated Senior Night. They will be on the road at Rosamond on Friday.