Lady Broncs open season

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer – Kern Valley’s Reagan Shibata, No. 12, puts up a shot in the recent home game versus Frazier Mountain.

By Don Hazard
Coach’s Submission

Early in the season Kern Valley’s junior varsity girls basketball team played in the West High School Tournament.

They went up against Foothill, McFarland and Centennial High Schools.

The Lady Broncs played hard but came up short losing to Foothill by one point and Centennial by three.

McFarland played really well and dominated the game. It was a good experience for our team and should help us as we start to play in High Desert League games.

The Lady Broncs junior varsity basketball team has nine players on the squad this season.

Kacy Bunting and Bryce Kelso are returners from last year and serve as the captains. Alyssa Fogle, Madison Griswold, Brooke Jeans, Faith Oetting, Elexis Romero, Dori Ross and Reagan Shibata are playing in their first year of high school basketball.

On Dec. 14, Kern Valley played Frazier Mountain at home and won the game. The final score was 44-8.

The leading scorer was Bunting with 18 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the team in that category.

Head coach Don Hazard said, “Bunting is a returner from last season and one of our captains and really stepped it up in this game. We will need her to continue as we move forward with the season.”

Jeans had six points and did a great job running our offense from the point guard position. Shibata pulled down one re-bound. Griswold also pulled down one rebound in the game. Romero played great defense in our 1-2-2 zone and forced a number of turnovers

She had two points, one rebound and one assist. Fogle had six points, three rebounds and led the team in assists with four. Ross played great defense and caused a number of turnovers. She had four points and two rebounds. Kelso pulled down three rebounds. Oetting scored from the low post and had six points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Hazard said, “Our defense stifled Frazier Mountain and their turnovers led to transition baskets for us.”