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CV girls blow lead
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team got off to an impressive start in Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup with heavily-favored Weston Ranch.

The Hawks pulled ahead by as much as 14 points in the second quarter before crumbling in a 48-40 loss to the visiting Cougars.

"I knew they were going to make a run," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "It was too good to be true."

Myra Naranjo tallied a team-high 11 points for the Hawks, who dropped to 6-15 on the year and 3-7 in the VOL standings. Alyssa Long and Valerie Olide both contributed nine points. Phylicia Martinez scored six points. Amanda Lopez had one point.

Timesha Wilson paced Weston Ranch (13-7, 6-3) with 17 points. Courtney Duran, Melissa Reboja, Emoni Wilson and Emily Medeiros added seven, six, five and four points, respectively.

Naranjo and Olide combined for 10 points as Central Valley built a commanding 14-1 lead in the first period.

"Our heads were big," Myra said. "We thought we were going to win it."

The Cougars responded by outscoring the Hawks 47-26 the rest of the way, including 28-12 in the middle quarters.

"We just panicked and forced everything," Padilla said.

Central Valley still had a chance to win the game despite suffering a major collapse.

Naranjo buried a 3-pointer from the right baseline to give the Hawks a 38-37 lead with three minutes to play.

Long and Eva Noorzai fouled out soon after.

"Once that happened, we were done," Padilla said.

A sparse crowd watched Weston Ranch dominate the final two-plus minutes.

The Cougars used an 11-2 surge to gain control. Timesha and Emoni totaled six and five points, respectively.

"We were relaxed in the beginning," Naranjo said. "Then we got frustrated by their press. If we played our game, we would have had them."