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CV girls stun Manteca in basketball
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team matched its Valley Oak League win total from all of last season Thursday night, rallying from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to stun Manteca 46-43 in Ceres.

The Hawks (2-3) dropped 10 of 12 games a year ago.

"It just goes to show we can play with everybody in the league," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "This is the first step of many. We're going to keep it going."

Lizette Covarrubias turned in her most complete game as a Hawk. The junior guard had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. She also helped limit Manteca's top player, Sharon Washington, to just nine points.

"Once the ball got out of her (Washington's) hands, they didn't know what to do," Padilla said. "They fell apart."

Central Valley also received solid contributions from Phylicia Martinez, Alyssa Long, Myra Naranjo, Anicia Camarillo and Gigi Sahota.

Martinez had eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

Long tallied six points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Naranjo and Camarillo added seven, four and two points, respectively.

The Hawks outscored the Buffaloes 22-7 in the final period. Covarrubias buried two 3-pointers.

"I'm not surprised," Padilla said while talking about his team's impressive comeback. "I knew we could play with that team. We just needed to play together. We slowed the pace down instead of trying to run with them."

Central Valley committed just 15 turnovers in the game, including four after intermission.

"The girls communicated really well," Padilla said. "They were relaxed."

The Hawks will try to beat crosstown rival Ceres High for the first time in program history this week.

"That would be huge," said Padilla, whose team holds an all-time record of 0-6 against the Bulldogs.

Central Valley will make history if it cuts down on turnovers and finishes at the basket.