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CV girls edge Enochs Eagles
Central Valley High School avoided a major upset by edging Enochs High School's inaugural varsity girls basketball team 43-37 in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Modesto.

"We came in way overconfident," Hawks coach Jesse Padilla said. "I could tell by the way the girls were warming up. They weren't taking it seriously."

Julie Calderon tallied a game-high 14 points for Central Valley, which improved to 1-0 on the season. Whitney Richardson and Miranda Espinoza had eight and seven points, respectively. Phylicia Martinez collected five points and eight rebounds. Crystal Gutierrez and Latrisha Jordan chipped in five and four points each.

The Hawks made five 3-pointers, including two by Calderon and Richardson, and one by Espinoza.

Jalisa Freeman and Shanika Blunt had 11 points apiece for the Eagles. Kayla White and Clairesse Day Hart scored five and four points, respectively. Brittany Arnold, Brya Sablan and Stephanie Bell contributed two points each.

Central Valley fell behind by 12 points in the opening half.

"I knew they'd be ready because of their coaches," Padilla said. Enochs High School's Ted Bergerson used to coach at Grace Davis of Modesto. He guided the Spartans to four league titles and playoff appearances from 2002-05.

Martinez, a sophomore, tied the game at 36-all with 2:33 left in the fourth quarter. She converted a layup off a pass from Jordan while being fouled. Phylicia failed to complete the three-point play.

In the extra stanza, the Hawks accounted for seven of the eight points scored. Calderon hit a 3-pointer, Martinez buried a mid-range jumper from the right side of the floor and Espinoza converted two free throws after getting fouled on a fastbreak.

Padilla had nothing but praise for the Eagles afterwards.

"They outhustled us," he said. "The only thing that helped us is they had an offnight shooting and a lot of turnovers. It was ugly all the way around for us."

The Hawks committed 33 turnovers and missed 6 of 14 free throws (43 percent). Enochs, which shot 45 percent (10-for-22) from the charity stripe, struggled against Central Valley's zone defense in the second half.