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Experience trumps youth, Hawks dominate Panthers on court
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team struggled to a 2-21 record and finished in last place in the Valley Oak League (0-14) during its inaugural season in 2006-07.

The Hawks won a share of the Western Athletic Conference crown and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last year.

On Thursday, Central Valley hosted newcomer Pacheco.

The experienced Hawks rolled to a 59-20 victory over the the first-year Panthers.

"We were in the same position six years ago," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We were a new school."

Central Valley used multiple lineups against the Panthers.

Valerie Olide, Geena Wade, Diana Carmona, Vivien Fermil and Amanda Wheeler started.

The Hawks' second group consisted of Brittany Martinez, Melinda Camarillo, Jessica Martinez, Catrina Castillo and Mia Lorenzo.

Hannah Baker and Cynthia Andrade also received playing time.

Andrade missed the previous 14 games with a knee injury.

"I switched up my alignment," Padilla said. "My normal starters didn't play together. Everybody got to play. It (the score) could have been worse. We were nice."

Added Fermil: "We try our hardest against every team."

Olide scored a team-high 11 points for the Hawks.

Fermil and Jessica Martinez added 10 and eight points, respectively. Lorenzo and Brittany Martinez both collected seven points. Carmona and Wade finished with four points each. Andrade and Baker had three points apiece. Camarillo contributed two points.

Central Valley outscored Pacheco 20-4 in the first quarter en route to building a 37-7 lead in the opening half.

The Hawks went ahead by as many as 40 points in the final period.

"We ran our plays well," Fermil said.

Central Valley improved to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the WAC. Pacheco dropped to 1-13 and 0-2.

The Hawks will play at Los Banos this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


Central Valley's freshman girls basketball team

overcame an uncharacteristic slow start and pounded Pacheco 41-18 on Thursday in Ceres.

Lindsey Alexander, Princess Pe and Melissa Afortunado scored 17, 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Hawks (13-1, 3-0).