The Bishop Lady Broncos first match up with Kern Valley, Jan. 18, was a 1-point, last minute win. Tuesday’s match up was a 63-32 Broncos’ blow-out.
The Broncos’ executed a take-no-prisoners defense; they rained 3-pointers; they played the full 32-minutes as if it was a close game. As coach Brian Pennington said, “it was a thing of beauty.”
Bishop is a solid third in High Desert League at 6-3. The Broncos take on Rosamond on the road tonight for the final league game, with no possibility of being knocked out of the CIF playoffs.
In their final home game, seniors Katelyne Lent and Shiloh Smith shot at or near 50 percent on 2-pointers, scoring 18 and 17 points respectively.
In the first minute of play, the teams tied 2-2; then Kern Valley was simply overwhelmed by a charged up Bishop squad. The Broncos converted turnovers into points in such rapid succession, Kern was left in the dust, held scoreless until the final 3:20 minutes when the Bishop lead was narrowed 14-4.
By the end of the first period, Bishop held a 20-8 lead.
Lent set the tone of the second quarter with an early 3-pointer. Bishop slowed its offense, just a tad, but didn’t let off on the defense. At the buzzer, Bishop had a 15-point lead at 33-18.
Tamia Shoshone let loose with a mighty 3-pointer early in the third quarter.
Shoshone and Brooke Callahan were both in double digits on rebounds at 12 and 15, respectively. Add in Callahan’s 6 blocks and Kern Valley didn’t have a chance.
Going into the final period, Bishop had extended its lead 48-26.
Another Bishop 3-pointer opened up the fourth quarter. Kern scored its sixth and final point with over five minutes on the clock. The Broncos romped to a 63-32 win.
Katelyne Lent: 18 pts., 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block
Maria Jimenz: 2 pts., 1 reb., 2 steals, 1 assist
Shiloh Smith: 17 pts., 9 rebs., 8 steals, 3 assists, 1 block
Esmerelda Morales: 2 pts., 2 rebs., 3 steals, 2 assists
Alexya Brown: 2 pts., 4 rebs., 1 steal
Brooke Callahan: 11 pts., 15 rebs., 2 steals, 3 assists, 6 blocks
Rachel Turner: 2 rebs.
Tamia Shoshone: 11 pts., 12 rebs., 2 steals, 1 assist, 2 blocks