Mustangs bounce back after loss

Photo by Christina Denys / Kern Valley Sun – The South Fork Mustangs run a play against their opponent in a recent game.

By Fred Roach
Coach’s Submission

The South Fork boys’ basketball teams are off to a fast start this season with a 3-1 record.

To start the season, South Fork lost to a tough Ridgecrest Charter team 25-16. The Mustangs had trouble scoring. High scorers for the team were Derrick Hinkey and Michael Hake with six points each.

The second game saw South Fork controlling the ball and tightening their defense to outscore Immanuel Christian of Ridgecrest 15-6. Because Immanuel Christian is such a small school, the South Fork eight graders played very limited minutes.

Caleb Campbell and Kyle Denys led all scorers with four points each, and Bryan Hernandez added three points.

The next matchup was a road game at Trona. In the junior varsity game the Mustangs came out fast, made their shots and also rebounded well.

The score at halftime was 14-9.

In the second half South Fork ran away from Trona and won 34-13.

Denys led all scorers with 14 points and added six rebounds. Hake added six points, while Campbell had four. Ed Bunting and Timmy Muntz each scored two points to cap the Mustangs scoring.

The varsity game proved to be a real nail biter as neither team could muster a lead of more than three points.

The final score saw the South Fork squad winning 21-20.

Denys led the team scoring with six points and controlled the boards with nine rebounds. Hinkey, Nathan Crowell, and Hernandez added four points each.

Next up the Mustangs are looking forward to another game at home against the Ridgecrest Charter squad on Jan. 8.

That will be followed by the big game against valley rival Wallace at home on Jan. 10.