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Full slate of games for Central Valley girls
Phylicia Martinez was a sophomore the last time Central Valley High School's girls basketball program participated in the Chico State Team Camp.

Last month, the senior-to-be and the Hawks made a return trip.

Central Valley played eight games in three days at the 32-team event, held June 26-28.

"We did better this year," said Martinez, Central Valley's starting center.

The Hawks averaged 39 points per game on their way to compiling a respectable 5-3 record.

Martinez led Central Valley in scoring (12.0 ppg).

Forward Valerie Olide, shooting guard Melinda Camarillo, and guards Vivian Fermil and Diana Carmona were also major contributors.

Camarillo, a sophomore, started four games. She overcame a bout of nervousness.

"She wanted to be on the floor with those girls," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "She held her own."

The Hawks won two of their first three games on Friday, June 26. They knocked off Orland and Willits. Central Valley lost to Rocklin.

The Hawks collected their third and fourth wins, and suffered their second loss on Saturday, June 27. Central Valley topped Kennedy and Durham. The Hawks were beaten by Napa.

Central Valley topped Brookside Christian and was defeated by Corning on Sunday, June 28.

All eight games were played in non-airconditioned gymnasiums.

"I really didn't have any expectations going in because we're starting over without (three-year varsity standout and 2009 graduate Julie Calderon)," Padilla said. "We had a good weekend. They played really well together."

"I'm not surprised," Martinez said. "More relieved. "Our talking and ball movement was great."

Phylicia missed her former teammate.

"I've been playing with Julie since the fifth grade," she said. "It's never going to be the same."

Padilla took 10 players to the three-day tournament, including Martinez, Olide, Fermil, Carmona, Melinda Camarillo, Anicia Camarillo, Amanda Lopez, Lizette Covarrubias, Eva Noorzai and Jessica Rodriguez. They stayed in dorms for two nights.

"That was an awesome experience," Martinez said.

"They loved it," Padilla said. "We didn't go last year because of the gas prices."

Modesto JC Action

Central Valley had a busy four days.

Upon returning home from Chico State, the Hawks participated in the Modesto Junior College Summer League.

Central Valley secured a split on Monday, June 29 and moved to 4-3 in the standings.

"I'm not disappointed," Padilla said. "They're spent."

Martinez and Olide missed shots from close-range in the final 30 seconds of the Hawks' 48-46 setback to Johansen during Game 1.

Martinez paced the Hawks with 13 points.

Lopez totaled six points.

Olide and Cherise Azevedo chipped in with five points each.

Fermil, Noorzai and Myra Naranjo all scored four points.

Covarrubias and Anicia Camarillo added three and two points, respectively.

Central Valley squandered a nine-point lead after intermission.

The Hawks coasted to a 42-25 victory against Denair in Game 2.

Lizette poured in 14 of her game-high 16 points in the opening half.

Valerie and Phylicia had eight and five points apiece.

Fermil and Noorzai both tallied four points.

Naranjo and Lopez added three and two points, respectively.