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CV girls avenge loss to CC; remain in hunt for another league title
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team spoiled Central Catholic's senior night and moved a step closer to capturing its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference title last week.

The Hawks earned a measure of revenge with a 51-39 win over the Raiders Thursday night in Modesto and forced a first-place tie atop the league standings with Los Banos.

Central Valley improved to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in WAC play.

Central Catholic dropped to 15-11 and 3-8.

The Hawks will wrap up the WAC regular season against Los Banos (Feb. 14) and Ceres High (Feb. 16) at home this week. The winner of the Central Valley-Los Banos game will be guaranteed no worse than a portion of the conference title. The two teams shared the league crown last season.

"We talk about it over and over again," Hawks senior guard Vivien Fermil said. "We really want it."

"Hopefully, we continue making history," junior post player Brittany Martinez said. "That would be awesome. There's a lot of pressure. We just got to keep playing hard."

The Raiders upset the Hawks 51-46 in Ceres on Jan 17.

Central Catholic never posed a threat during the rematch thanks to Central Valley's great, all-round effort.

Martinez collected 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.

Fermil knocked down three treys and totaled 14 points. She made five of six free throws.

Senior post player Valerie Olide had 10 points.

Penny Chanthavong, Amanda Wheeler and Diana Carmona added six, four and two points, respectively.

Mia Lorenzo had one point.

Central Catholic's Margaret Gallo and Samantha Romeo totaled nine and eight points, respectively.

"We didn't underestimate them this time," Brittany said. "We treated them as equals."

The Hawks outscored the Raiders 27-17 in the opening half of last week's meeting. Fermil made three 3-pointers. Martinez, Olide, Wheeler and Carmona added six, five, four and two points, respectively.

Central Valley increased its lead to 15, 39-24, in the third quarter.

"Vivien's been hot on her 3s lately," Martinez said. "That's a big help for us. We have a lot of great players."