Friday’s matches between Bishop and Rosamond did not end well for the Broncos.
The boys lost, 46-54; the girls fell in overtime, 42-45.
Both the varsity girls and boys played with intensity; they were simply out-fought, literally in the case of the girls, by the undefeated Roadrunners.
The Broncos played well enough to win, but fell short in the last quarter with a 46-54 final score.
“We’ve played our two best games (against Rosamond and Kern Valley) but still come away with two losses,” said coach Jon Michener. “We’re improving but we need a win.”
Michener noted that the Broncos had 21 turnovers in the Kern Valley game and had whittled that number down to eight against the Roadrunners. But, it was the turnovers in the fourth quarter that really hurt the final score.
The Broncos kept it close through the first quarter, starting off with back-to-back Qui Barlow field goals. Cy Scott added a 3-pointer but the rest of the quarter was all Barlow.
The Broncos led by 1 at the buzzer.
Bishop took advantage of its defensive rebounds and steals, ticking off points at the start of the second quarter. Rosamond did its best to hang onto the ball, running the shot clock and slowing the game.
At the half, Bishop was down by 1 point; Barlow was struggling with a tweaked knee and Scott had a jammed finger and came out of the game in the second quarter with a bloody nose, returning in the third with a blood-less no. 31 jersey.
The Roadrunners held the Broncos to 4 points in the third: two free throws by Barlow and an outside field goal from Cody Rigney.
With Rosamond’s stalling tactic, the Roadrunners added only 7 points of their own, pulling ahead by 35-39 going into the final eight minutes of play.
The Roadrunners put up a strong defense at the net early in the final quarter, pulling ahead by 37-44 until Anthony Tucker hit a 3-pointer, narrowing the lead.
Scott brought the Broncos to within 2 points, but the Roadrunners answered with two field goals.
With just over a minute of play, Rosamond had a 6-point lead. The teams traded points, but the Broncos fell short.
“We need a signature win,” said Michener. “If we can beat the league defending champion Desert Scorpions (tonight), that would do it.”
The Lady Broncos started the game in high gear with a 3-pointer from Shiloh Smith. Between she and Gabbie Robertson, the Broncos stacked up 15 points against a tepid Rosamond team’s 5 in the first quarter.
The Roadrunners were off from the foul line and didn’t record a field goal until five minutes had ticked off the clock. The only thing that seemed to be working for Rosamond was its defense, a tough, physical defense that got tougher and more physical as the game wore on.
In the second eight minutes of play, the Roadrunners went on an 8-point scoring spree, coming to within 2 of the Broncos. Rosamond’s full court press kept Bishop scoreless through the first three minutes of play.
Bishop answered with a 10-point rally to hold onto a 25-16 lead at the half.
By the end of the first two quarters, both teams had 10 fouls. Mid-way through the eventual overtime, both teams again hit 10 fouls. If the officials had called every infraction, the fouls could have been in triple digits and the game could have lasted into Saturday morning.
The third quarter was all defense. Bishop was held to 4 points: 2 from the foul line and a Katie Manuelito field goal.
With an 8-point quarter, Rosamond pulled closer at 29-24.
The Roadrunners’ attempt to contain Smith turned ugly in the fourth quarter; Rosamond’s aggressive defense did everything but body slam the forward. Smith’s only retaliation was from the free throw line.
With just over a minute of regulation play, Rosamond tied Bishop at 33-33. The Broncos pulled ahead 37-34, but the Roadrunners came back with two from the free throw line and a field goal. The game went into overtime at 38-38.
Rosamond got control of the jump ball, raced to the wrong end of the court and sank a 2-pointer for Bishop. The Broncos only other points in overtime came from free throws.
With less than a minute left on overtime, Rosamond sank a 3-pointer and added one more from the foul line, taking the game 42-45.