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Central Valley struggles in VOL
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team entered the 2008-09 campaign with lofty expectations.

The Hawks fell to a disappointing 1-11 in Valley Oak League play following Thursday's 46-27 loss at Oakdale.

Central Valley has dropped its last four games by an average of 20.5 points.

"It's been a long season," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "The team's getting frustrated."

Alyssa Long's relentless effort on the hardwood was the lone bright spot for the last-place Hawks. The sophomore had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block.

"I wish I had more players like her," Padilla said. "I love her energy. She goes 100 miles per hour every single play."

Julie Calderon, Central Valley's top player, totaled five points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Whitney Richardson added four points, while Samantha Mustaca and Gisselle Mendoza both contributed two.

Oakdale blew the game open in the first half. The Mustangs raced to an 18-5 lead in the opening quarter thanks in large part to 14 Hawk turnovers.

"We didn't protect the ball," Padilla said.

Oakdale outscored Central Valley 20-14 in the second half.

Julie opted to sit out during the final quarter.

"She was frustrated," Padilla said.

Lancers 59, Hawks 37

Central Valley committed 22 turnovers en route to a 59-37 loss to first-place East Union on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Ceres.

Calderon led the Hawks with 24 points, four assists and three rebounds

Long had six points and five rebounds.

Richardson, Gigi Sahota and Phylicia Martinez finished with two points each.

Miranda Espinoza added one point.

Central Valley trailed 28-8 at intermission.

Sophomores demolish Mustangs

Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball team built a big lead early and relied on its reserves in a 35-11 blowout of host Oakdale on Thursday.

"I got to bring the bench in because we were so far ahead," Hawks head coach Julie Gant said. "It was fun to get them involved."

Center Valerie Olide scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second quarter for Central Valley, which moved to 8-6 in the Valley Oak League standings.

Guard Penny Chanthavong had six of her 10 points in the first quarter.

"She (Penny) had a good game," Gant said. "She was on."

Diana Carmona (six points), Cynthia Andrade (two points) and Geena Wade (one point) also contributed.

The Hawks outscored the Mustangs 23-4 in the opening 16 minutes. Olide and Chanthavong accounted for all but one of their team's first-half points.

Andrade, Jordon Smith, Ashton Carrillo and Jenna Rutledge checked into the game during the middle of the third quarter and played the rest of the way. The four bench players, along with starter Melinda Camarillo helped limit Oakdale to just seven points after intermission.

"They did a great job on defense," Gant said.