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CVHS girls win, boys lose in varsity action
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team overcame a shaky start and pulled away for a 43-27 victory over Downey in non-conference play on Wednesday in Ceres.

"It was ugly," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We just didn't click until the middle of the third quarter when I called a timeout. I shouldn't have to do that. We should have finished that team off earlier."

Alyssa Long led Central Valley (3-6) with 11 points, eight rebounds, six steals and two blocks.

Eight of her teammates chipped in as well, including Cherise Azevedo (seven points), Eva Noorzai (five points, 10 rebounds and three steals), Vivien Fermil (five points and two assists), Myra Naranjo (four points, three rebounds and three steals), Amanda Lopez (four points), Lizette Covarrubias (three points and five steals) and Melissa Minerva (two points and three blocks).

""We played very sloppy in the first half," Long said. "We need to get better before league starts."

The Hawks took control in the opening eight minutes of the second half, outscoring the Knights 17-9.

Long, Fermil and Noorzai accounted for all 17 of Central Valley's third-quarter points. Long collected seven points, Fermil and Noorzai both scored five points.

Ahead 36-15, Padilla emptied his bench during the final period.

"This is a game I could get everybody in," he said.

Hawks fall twice

Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team suffered back-to-back losses in non-conference play last week.

"We're not playing complete games right now," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "That's our issue."

The Hawks (1-8) struggled from start to finish during their 96-56 loss to Grace Davis on Saturday in Ceres.

"We helped them beat us by our mistakes," Dickson said. "We couldn't handle the pressure. We had too many turnovers."

Brian Blunt scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the first half for Central Valley. Greg Mathews had 10 points. David Griffin and Salinder Singh collected eight points apiece. Nate Villegas tallied five points. Kyle Mountain, Sunny Moun and Ryan Sandner all contributed three points.

The Hawks trailed 49-24 at intermission.

Central Valley cut an 18-point deficit to three in the fourth period before falling 52-43 at Johansen on Monday, Dec. 14.

"We gave that game away in the second quarter," Dickson said.

Mathews led the Hawks in scoring with 14 points. Griffin, Blunt and Sandner chipped in 12, nine and four points, respectively. Moun and Singh both had two points.

Central Valley outscored Johansen 11-10 in the first quarter.

The Vikings took control with a 16-2 surge in the closing eight minutes of the opening half.

"We fell apart," Dickson said.