By Ray Conner
Kern Valley’s varsity basketball squad knew it was going to be a tough game when they faced off with Cal City.
The Broncs made the road trip to take on the Ravens on Friday. Cal City is the defending High Desert League co-champs and the CIF Division 5 champions from last season.
Kern Valley would have to be at the top of their game to stay competitive and hope to pull off the upset.
That went all for naught as the Ravens took control early. The first quarter would end with Kern Valley limited to just four points. Cal City scored 11 to take the seven-point lead.
In the second quarter the Ravens continued to drop in points and add to the scoreboard. The Broncs on the other hand still struggled on the offensive side. They managed to score 14 points, but still trailed by a huge margin. At the break Cal City had a cushion of 40-18.
In the third quarter the Broncs duplicated their second quarter points with 18, but Cal City poured in 28. The lead after three stood at 68-36.
In the final quarter Cal City continued to run up the score as they added 22 more points. The Broncs were held to seven points to create the final of 90-43.
Eight different Broncs were able to put points on the board in the game. They were led by Kaden Preston with 16, including one three-pointer. Ryan Walker scored 11 points, while Davin Lee had five. Anthony Barton finished with four points, while Lucas Harris, Jeffrey Cawein, and Dakota Smith each scored two points. Tanner Tito capped the scoring for Kern Valley with a made free throw for his one point.
Barton topped the board play as he grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Lee and Walker pulled down eight boards each, while Preston had six rebounds. Smith recorded three boards, while Tito had a pair of rebounds. Spenser Hansen, Harris, and Cawein each had one rebound in the game for Kern Valley.
Leading the way in assists was Lee who handed out a pair of them. Tito, Hansen, Preston, and Smith each were credited with one assist apiece.
Walker led the Broncs in steals with four. Hansen and Lee each had three steals, while Tito, Preston, and Cawein recorded one steal apiece.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “I thought as a team we played hard. We just didn’t play as a team. We can still get a lot better.”
Kern Valley had four days off before taking the court in the Tri-City Christians Tournament in Vista. They will play their first game on Dec. 27 against the host school Tri-City Christian. They will play four games total in the tournament taking them through Dec. 29.
Kern Valley will then have a nine day break before coming back and starting up High Desert League play against rival Bishop on Jan. 8 in Bishop.