Lady Broncs advance in playoffs

Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer – Kern Valley’s Haley Tedrow lifts a three point shot in the CIF playoff game played on the Lady Broncs’ home court against Bishop. Teammates Sharon Reyes and Alyssa Servin watch the action.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The varsity Lady Broncs continued their drive to a CIF championship.

Kern Valley won their first two games of the Division 5 CIF playoffs. It started with rival Bishop coming to town. The Lady Broncs once again dominated their rival as they opened the convincing 65-29 victory over Bishop.

Two days later, they would follow that with a defensive battle against the No. 4 seeded East High of Bakersfield.

The No. 5 seeded Lady Broncs escaped the East High gym with a 36-34 win.

In the home game played against Bishop, Kern Valley was able to take control early and breeze their way into the second round.

Note: No other information or individual stats were made available for this game.

In the quarterfinals against the Lady Blades, Kern Valley had to step it up on defense as the offense was held in check.

The Lady Broncs jumped out to an early lead after the opening period as they dropped in 16 points.

The Kern Valley defense limited East to just nine points. In the second quarter neither team managed much on the offensive side of the ball.

The teams combined to score 11 points in the quarter. The Lady Blades were able to drop six points in the bucket, while Kern Valley only had five points to make it a six-point halftime lead for the Lady Broncs. When the teams left the court for the break the scoreboard saw Kern Valley up 21-15.

In the second half, the Lady Broncs still struggled offensively as they were held to six points. East made the most of their opportunities as they added 10 points to cut the lead down to two points.

When the buzzer sounded to toned the third it was 27-25 in the Lady Broncs favor.

With emotions running high the teams headed to the final quarter of actions.

Once again both defenses were stellar as they put pressure on their opponent.

In the fourth, a technical foul called against a Kern Valley player allowed East to stay close. Near the end of the game, the Lady Broncs were holding on to a 36-34 cushion. The Lady Blades had the last opportunity to tie the game, but a last-second shot fell short, and Kern Valley was moving on in the CIF playoffs.

Both teams scored nine points to end the game with Kern Valley grabbing the two-point victory at 36-34.

Note: No other information or individual stats were made available for this game.

Their task only got harder as they faced the No. 1 seed in Caruthers. The Lady Broncs made the trip to Caruthers High School on Tuesday.

Caruthers sports a 25-4 record. They were 12-0 in the West Sequoia League winning by three games over Fowler, who was 9-3.

The Lady Blue Raiders are on a 14 game winning streak as they marched their way to the No. 1 seed in CIF Division 5 playoffs.

Kern Valley is currently 19-4 and were co-champions of the High Desert League at 11-1 with Rosamond.

The two teams have two common opponents this season. Caruthers played Riverdale who is in their league. They easily defeated them twice by dominating scores. The scores were 76-14 and 86-9.

When Kern Valley faced Riverdale, the Lady Broncs crushed them 60-4 in the Corcoran Tournament.

The other common opponent was Rosamond. The Lady Blue Raiders faced them in the CIF quarterfinals. Rosamond was soundly beaten 63-25 setting the stage for this game.

The Lady Broncs faced Rosamond twice in HDL play. They would split those games. Kern Valley won the first game on their home court 78-45. When they traveled to the Lady Roadrunners house they came up short 65-58.

Both teams were undefeated at home as the Lady Broncs were 7-0, while Caruthers was 9-0.

On the road Caruthers was 7-0, while Kern Valley was 7-1. Their lone loss was to Rosamond. On neutral floors the Lady Blue Raiders were 9-4. Kern Valley went 5-3 in neutral contests.

Any way you look at it, this game was shaping up to be a battle.

Both teams need the win to continue their season. A victory puts them in the finals in Fresno at Selland Arena on Friday. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the No. 2 seed Coalinga versus the No. 3 seed Chowchilla.

Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer -Hannah Hurley, No. 21, of the Lady Broncs concentrates as she shoots a three pointer. The Bishop defender is late getting to her as she pushes the shot over her opponent.

 

Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer -Kern Valley’s Addy Goulding, No. 25, heads toward the basket for a lay up as she gets around her Bishop opponent in a recent home CIF playoff game.