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Central Valley girls pull off major upset
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team pulled off one of the biggest wins in its four-year history last week.

The sixth-place Hawks upset playoff-bound Sonora, 44-36, on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Ceres.

"They were hooting and hollering after the game," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "They were excited. Hopefully, the girls see how talented they are."

Sick with the flu, Myra Naranjo came off the bench to score 12 points, grab four rebounds and dish out four assists for the Hawks (4-10 Valley Oak League).

Eva Noorzai, Alyssa Long, Phylicia Martinez, Vivien Fermil and Valerie Olide also played key roles in Central Valley's hard-earned victory.

Noorzai had 10 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

Long tallied eight points, six assists, five blocks, three rebounds and two steals.

Martinez collected eight points, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

Fermil chipped in with four points.

Olide added two points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

The Hawks executed their game plan to perfection en route to building a 14-9 lead in the first half.

"We didn't run with them," Padilla said.

Tied at 24-all, Central Valley outscored the Wildcats 20-12 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

"We played under control and protected the ball," Padilla said. "We finally put everything together."

Central Valley didn't collapse under pressure.

The Hawks came oh-so-close to upsetting Oakdale and Weston Ranch earlier this year, but squandered leads of 17 and 14 points.

"We've been in a lot of games," Padilla said. "We just haven't been able to finish."

Central Valley put an end to that trend last week.

The Hawks also took care of business at the free-throw line, converting 13 of 16 attempts.

Central Valley will try to beat crosstown rival Ceres High School for the first time this Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. The contest will get underway at 7:15 p.m.

The Bulldogs own a 7-0 all-time series record against the Hawks.

Beating Sonora gives Central Valley a glimmer of hope. The Wildcats defeated Ceres High twice this season.

"The confidence jumps 10 times more knowing what they're capable of," Padilla said, while assessing his team's mindset for the VOL finale.