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CV freshmen girls claim title in Hilmar
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The Central Valley High freshman girls basketball team took home a first-place plaque from the 12th Annual Hilmar Tournament last week. Hilmar, Linden and Delhi finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

“It was a great team effort,” Hawks coach Delvekio Rudd said. “The girls worked really hard, especially on defense.”

Central Valley (5-0) won all three of its games at the four-team, round-robin event. Julie Calderon and Miranda Espinoza totaled 53 and 39 points, respectively.

“The girls played great all three games,” Rudd said. “Julie stepped up, especially in that Hilmar game. She hit some big shots.”

Central Valley cruised past Delhi 47-7 on Saturday.

Calderon, Espinoza and Shelby Minerva scored 15, 13 and eight points, respectively.

Delhi trailed 20-4 at intermission. Central Valley's press defense was problematic.

“We were just too much for them,” Rudd said.

The Hawks overcame a 15-point deficit and defeated Hilmar 64-61 on Friday.

“They didn't panic,” Rudd said. “They showed a lot of composure.”

Calderon led Central Valley with 23 points. Espinoza scored 10 points.

The Hawks trailed 32-17 at the break. The Yellowjackets capitalized on second, third and fourth chances off offensive rebounds. They also played smothering defense.

“They gave us the toughest match,” Rudd said. “They did a very good job of containing our scorers in the first half.”

Calderon's 3-pointer gave Central Valley a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter. Hilmar failed to score.

The Hawks extended their lead to 13 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

“Our adjustments overwhelmed their adjustments in the second half,” Rudd said.

“We utilized our strengths. We mixed it up defensively. We have good guards who are able to get to the basket.”

Espinoza had 16 points, Calderon scored 15 and the Hawks defeated Linden 62-25 on Thursday.

The Hawks will play host to Hilmar on Thursday and Oakdale on Friday. Both games start at 5:45 p.m. The Yellowjackets will try to exact revenge.

“We got a rivalry on our hands,” Rudd said.

Central Valley has a 13-player roster, which includes Calderon, Espinoza, Minerva, Christina Ferrufino, Gizzelle Mendoza, Angelique Torres, Rajnee Johal, Katherine Issac, Desiree Avina, Ragina Aviles, Linda Thanlom, Kayla Watts and Liberty Ruskamp. “These girls have lifted my heart and motivated me,” Rudd said. “I'm excited to come to practice every day.” - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier