Bishop Union High School Basketball recap
by Arnie Palu
February 1, 2016
Bishop Union played host to rival Kern Valley Friday night at a packed Gus Klekas Gym. The Broncos split the 4 game series with KV. Next up for the Broncos is a trip to Rosamond Tuesday, February 2nd. Bishop Union will be off this Friday, then will host California City on Wednesday, February 10th. The Cal City game has been moved to a Wednesday to accommodate the Ravens. The Cal City game will be the regular season home finale, and senior night. Bishop Union will then wrap up the regular season on the road with trips to Frazier Mt (Feb. 12th) and rival Kern Valley (Feb. 16th). All Bronco Varsity Boys games are broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at kibskbov.com through the listen live link.
Bishop Union High School
Kern Valley 41
Bishop Union 47
Both Bishop Union and Kern Valley entered Friday’s game with perfect 3-0 marks in High Desert League play. Bishop Union is the defending HDL champs, and the Broncos took a major step toward repeating with a 47-41 win. Bishop Union High School Senior Maria Jimenez led the way on both ends of the floor. Maria led all scorers with 15 points, adding 4 steals, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Jimenez, along with guards Topah Scherer and Cienna Martinez handled the KV full court press leading to several easy lay ups.
The game was a defensive struggle early, with Bishop Union holding a 5-4 lead after the first 8 minutes. The offence picked up in the second half highlighted by back to back 3 points baskets for Scherer and Martinez at the 5 minute mark of the 3rd period. Bishop Union was clutch down the stretch including Little Eva Lent hitting two free-throws with 1:04 remaining. The free-throws by Lent giving Bishop Union a 44-36 lead.
The Bishop Union defensive effort was strong throughout the evening limiting KV’s top player, Rebecca Gallis to 12 points. Gallis was runner up to Bishop Unions Tamia Shoshone in last years MVP voting. Round one of this year’s MVP race clearly goes to Bishop Union’s Maria Jimenez.
Maria Jimenez- 15 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, 3 blocks
Cienna Martinez- 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists
Sabrina Barlow- 8 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks
Topah Scherer- 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks
Little Eva Lent- 6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 5 blocks
Drew Dondero- 2 points, 5 rebounds
Kern Valley 72
Bishop Union 65
Kern Valley’s guard duo of Zach Bushling and Marquise Green scored 18 and 17 points respectively leading KV to a 72-65 win. The loss drops Bishop Union to 2-2 in HDL play while KV improves to 4-0.
Dru Allen, 20 points.
Sean Brown, 12 points.
Tommy Ruelas, 11 points.
Daniel Olsen, 7 points.
Mike Molina, 6 points.
Ziggy Armitage, 5 points.
Moran West, 4 points.
Kern Valley 15
Bishop Union 64
Coach Steve Omohundro’s team scored an impressive win over rival Kern Valley. The JV game was a physical one with Bishop Union dominating with tough defense. Sophomore Trace Sapp had a strong night with 25 points leading all scorers. The Bishop JV improve to 2-2 with the win.
Trace Sapp, 25 points.
Izzak Morgenstein, 16 points.
Kanyon Martinez, 13 points.
Sam Moose, 4 points.
Cal Omohundro, 2 points.
Carson Eldridge, 2 points.
Ed Piper, 2 points.
Kern Valley 29
Bishop Union 19
Bishop Union played the game with just 5 players and coach Tammy Spoonhunter praised the effort of the Bishop kids. Spoonhunter thanked the girls for their tough effort.
Morningstar Lent, 9 points.
Gracie Soto, 6 points.
Liza Joya, 4 points.