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CV girls dominate
Central Valley High School's frosh-soph girls basketball team seized the momentum in the first quarter and throttled visiting Ceres High 44-28 on Thursday in a Valley Oak League finale.

"It means a lot beating our rivals," said Brittany Martinez, one of three Hawk players to score in double figures against the Bulldogs. "We worked together. We listened to our coaches. We ran our plays right."

Martinez, a freshman post player, led the way with 16 points. Diana Carmona and Geena Wade collected 10 points each. Penny Chanthavong had four points. Cynthia Andrade and Melinda Camarillo chipped in with two point apiece for Central Valley, which placed second in the Valley Oak League standings with a 12-4 record.

"We earned it," Brittany said. "We could have done better."

Jessica Ellsworth paced the Bulldogs (3-13 VOL) with 15 points. Ashton Frampton and Bethany Mazza scored five and four points, respectively. Haley Fisicaro and Laura Story both had two points.

The Hawks built a commanding 12-2 lead in the first quarter.

Ceres High cut the deficit to 22-15 at the end of the second quarter. Ellsworth accounted for 11 of her team's 13 points.

"I tried to keep it going," she said.

The Bulldogs were outscored 22-13 after intermission.

Ceres High made just 9 of 31 foul shots during the course of the game.

"We didn't function like we usually do," said Ellsworth, who was limited to just four points in the second half. "We kept turning it over."

Central Valley defeated Ceres High twice in conference play, including 38-33 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium on Jan. 21. The Hawks overcame an 18-9 deficit.

"We really wanted to win, but it didn't happen," Ellsworth said. "Hopefully, we can get it together next year."