By: Ray Conner
The varsity Lady Broncs basketball squad did what it had to do.
With the stage set and the stakes high, the Kern Valley team entertained. Rosamond with first place on the line. Rosamond came in at 9-0, while the Lady Broncs were sitting at 8-1. Their only loss was to the Lady Roadrunners earlier in the season.
Both teams knew what they were playing for and the contest would not disappoint.
The defense for each team stepped it up as the combined score for the game was 65 points. In the end the Lady Broncs would prevail 36-29.
The difference in the game was the second quarter as Kern Valley would limit the Lady Roadrunners to just four points. They were able to find just enough points in scoring 11 to open a nine-point cushion at half time.
The Lady Broncs took the early lead as they scored 10 points in the opening quarter. Rosamond managed to score eight to make it a two-point game.
When the buzzer sounded for the break, Kern Valley was enjoying a 21-12 lead. They knew their job wasn’t complete and still had a half to play.
Coming out of the locker room, Rosamond cut into the lead by outscoring the Lady Broncs 9-5. With the scoreboard reading 26-21 as the teams went to the final quarter.
Neither team could make a run, but it was the home team from Kern Valley that was able to pick up the 36-29 victory and move into a tie for first place in the HDL.
Addy Goulding led the team in scoring by dropping in 14 points. She would connect once from behind the three-point arc. Maddie Hurley finished with 12 points, including hitting three from long-distance. Brookelynn Gallis added four points, while Haley Tedrow scored three points. Brenna Acosta had two points, while Quincie Preston sank a lone free throw for her one point.
Hurley dominated the boards by grabbing a team-high 21 rebounds to complete her double-double. Gallis pulled down 11 boards, while Goulding was credited with six rebounds. Acosta had five rebounds, while Preston had four. Tedrow recorded three rebounds.
Three days later, the Lady Broncs played Cal City. This contest was never in doubt as Kern Valley took the lead from the start.
The Lady Broncs scored 11 points to begin the game. They allowed their opponent seven to open a four-point margin.
Kern Valley continued to find the bottom of the basket. They added 18 points to their total. The Lady Ravens were stuffed as they were limited to just four points in the second quarter. At the break it was 29-11 in favor of the Lady Broncs.
It was more of the same as the teams left the locker rooms. The Lady Broncs exploded for another 15 points, while the defense continued to pressure Cal City. The Lady Ravens managed to score five points to end the third with the score 44-16.
The final quarter saw Cal City score 10 to Kern Valley’s six. The Lady Broncs put the finishing touches on the 50-26 win.
Six of the eight players for Kern Valley were able to contribute points in the win. They were led by Hurley with 21 points, including hitting a pair of three-pointers. Gallis added 12 points, while Tedrow and Goulding each had six points. Tedrow would drain a three-point shot. Acosta finished with three points, while Preston scored two points to close out the scoring for the Lady Broncs.
Hurley was once again in control of the boards, she grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds to secure another double-double. Gallis also had a double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds. Goulding had 10 boards, while Acosta had seven rebounds. Bryce Kelso was credited with four boards, while Tedrow had three rebounds. Preston, Ariah Seidel, and Topanga Gordon had one rebound in the game.
The Lady Broncs have one more HDL game that they played on Tuesday when they went to Bishop. A win there will give them at least a share of the HDL title. They close out the regular season with a non-league contest with Mammoth on Thursday. It will be Senior Night.