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Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 55-13 victory over Downey in non-conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Modesto.

"We played down to their level early in the game," Hawks shooting guard Myra Naranjo said. "We realized we were the better team so we stepped it up."

Naranjo totaled 16 points, including four 3-pointers from the right baseline in the second half.

Alyssa Long and Eva Noorzai had 11 and eight points, respectively.

Vivien Fermil and Diana Carmona both contributed five points.

Geena Wade and Melinda Camarillo chipped in with four points each.

Lizette Covarrubias scored two points.

Central Valley closed out the first quarter with a 10-2 run en route to building a 25-9 lead in the opening half.

The Hawks outscored the Knights 30-4 after intermission. Naranjo buried four 3-pointers.

"The first half, they weren't going in so I kept shooting," Myra said. "I knew eventually they would fall."

Central Valley's reserves logged a significant amount of playing time during the final 16 minutes. With Naranjo, Long, Noorzai, Carmona and Penny Chanthavong on the bench, the Hawks expanded their lead to 38-11 in the third quarter. Central Valley tallied seven straight points. Fermil made a 3-pointer. Camarillo and Wade both scored inside. "They showed us a lot," Naranjo said. "They work just as hard at practice."