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Crosstown rivalry one-sided
Ceres High School has never lost to Central Valley in varsity girls basketball.

The Bulldogs beat the Hawks for the eighth straight time, 49-33 on Thursday.

In her final game in a Ceres High uniform, fourth-year member Jode Johnson helped spoil Central Valley's Senior Night with a 23-point performance.

Jamie Beck added 13 points.

Stephanie Yankovich, freshman Bryce Ford and Vanessa Cuevas contributed eight, three and two points, respectively.

Ceres High posted a 13-14 overall record and placed fifth in the Valley Oak League standings (8-8). The Bulldogs failed to earn a postseason berth for the second time in three years.

"It's disappointing not going to playoffs, but to end the season with a win against Central Valley is good for us seniors," Johnson said.

"This is one game we made sure we wouldn't lose," added Cuevas, a fellow upperclassman.

Myra Naranjo drained three treys and finished with 11 points for the Hawks (7-20). Sophomore Vivien Fermil had eight points. Alyssa Long and Eva Noorzai both scored four points. Phylicia Martinez, Amanda Lopez and sophomore Valerie Olide chipped in two points apiece for Central Valley, which recorded its most successful season in its four-year history.

The Hawks beat playoff participants Sonora and Manteca once, and first-year Lathrop twice, en route to placing seventh in VOL play (4-12).

Central Valley totaled just four league wins from 2006-09.

"This is one of the funnest years I've had," head coach Jesse Padilla said.

The Hawks struggled to keep pace with the Bulldogs following a competitive opening 14 minutes.

With Central Valley leading 16-15, Ceres High scored nine unanswered points in the closing minutes of the first half for a 24-16 advantage.

The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 16-5 in the third period.

"In the beginning, we were doing good," Naranjo said. "I thought we had them. Then we stopped playing defense like the way we should. We should have played all out. We'll have a chance (to beat Ceres High) next year."

"You can't underestimate anyone in this league," Johnson said. "You never know who's going to come out with a win."

Central Valley was whistled for three times as many fouls as Ceres High during the game, The discrepancy angered Padilla.

"It was so lopsided," he said. "It was like five on seven."