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CHS winless no more
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Ceres High's and Central Valley's winless junior-varsity girls basketball teams tangled last Thursday.

The Bulldogs did just enough to secure a 33-24 victory over the host Hawks in Valley Oak League play.

"It was payback," Ceres High coach Kassi Baker said. "We lost both times to them last year."

Point guard Leah Rose tied for game-high honors with 10 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 1-5 in the VOL. Alyssa Eudy had seven points. Mariah Martin and Rachel Nevarez both tallied five points. Sheron Dikousman and Angie Prak added four and two points, respectively.

Post player Ashley Armenio led the 0-6 Hawks with 10 points. Gigi Sahota and Samantha Mustaca tallied four points apiece. Tiffany Reeves and Crystal Bonales added three and two points, respectively. Jessica Rodriguez chipped in one point.

Amanda Lopez, Central Valley's leading scorer on the season, didn't play because she had a family priority to tend to.

"When I was on JV, we lost last year," Rose said. "So we knew there would be a lot of competitiveness. I think we deserved to win it because we've been working hard."

Nevarez, Martin and Rose sparked a 9-0 run that turned a four-point lead into a 33-20 advantage with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter. Rachel, Mariah and Leah tallied four, three and two points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 19-15 in the opening half.

"We were happy with how they played defensively and offensively," Baker said. "Things were working. I just wanted the girls to play hard and not give up."