By: Ray Conner
The Lady Broncs varsity basketball team battled the weather to compete at the Arvin Holiday Classic Tournament.
They got to play three games in the tournament, winning once.
Kern Valley wasn’t sure if the weather would hold as the winter storm blanketed the area forcing closures of roads. They would miss an opportunity to play their first game because of the weather issues.
They played their first game on Friday Dec. 27 against Independence High School of Bakersfield.
The Lady Falcons of Independence are a CIF Division 1 school that plays in the South Yosemite League.
Independence jumped out to a fast start and never looked back as they stunned the Lady Broncs 39-17.
Playing two halves in this game, the Lady Falcons poured in 22 points in the opening half. The Lady Broncs were limited to just seven points to fall in an early 15-point deficit.
In the second half, the Lady Broncs managed to score 10 points, but it was not enough to erase the deficit.
Independence dropped in 17 points and claimed the game.
The following day, Kern Valley was able to get in to the win column. They went up against Kennedy (Delano) High School.
Much like Kern Valley, the Lady Thunderbirds are also a CIF Division 5 squad.
Neither team could consistently find the offense as the low scoring game went the way of the Lady Broncs.
Kern Valley was able to come away with the 23-20 victory and even their tournament record at 1-1.
Later the same day, Kern Valley was back on the basketball court as they faced off with San Marcos.
The Lady Royals are a CIF Division 4 AA squad in the Southern Section. They came into the tournament with a 10-2 mark on the year.
Kern Valley was no match for this dominant Lady Royals team as they reigned supreme. The final score showed the quality opponent as they grabbed the 41-14 win.
Note: No other information was made available for these games.
Currently the Kern Valley squad is 6-5 on the year. The Lady Broncs will now head into High Desert League action. Their season continued on Tuesday as they traveled to Frazier Mountain to take on the Lady Falcons.