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CV girls third at Turlock Christian tourney
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team brought home a third-place trophy from the Turlock Christian 7-Up Tournament.

The Hawks finished second in 2009 and 2008.

"The first couple years in the tournament, we didn't place (high)," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We're getting better and better every year. I hope it continues."

Central Valley defeated Patterson 42-37 in the third-place game on Saturday.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 29-19 in the first and fourth quarters.

"We started and finished strong," Padilla said.

Vivien Fermil scored a team-high 10 points for Central Valley, which compiled a 2-1 record at the six-team event. All-tournament selection Myra Naranjo had nine points. Alyssa Long, Eva Noorzai, Diana Carmona, Cynthia Andrade and Amanda Wheeler contributed seven, six, five, three and two points, respectively.

"She (Myra) played smart," Padilla said when asked why Naranjo earned recognition.

The Hawks lost 52-44 to eventual-champion Livingston in the semifinals on Friday.

"The girls were a little disappointed," Padilla said. "We should have won. I think we beat them if Alyssa Long doesn't get hurt."

Long, Central Valley's most versatile player, rolled her left ankle while playing defense right before halftime.

"She wanted to go back in," Padilla said. "It wasn't worth it."

Naranjo managed to tally a team-high 17 points despite being slowed by a right shoulder injury.

Long and Lizette Covarrubias finished with eight and seven points, respectively.

Carmona and Noorzai both scored four points.

Fermil and Geena Wade collected two points apiece.

Central Valley routed Gustine 55-21 in opening-round action on Thursday.

Carmona led the way with a game-high 17 points.

Naranjo, Wade and Covarrubias totaled nine, seven and six points, respectively.

Long, Fermil and Wheeler all had five points.

The Hawks (5-3) will play host to the Merced Bears this Friday at 7:15 p.m.