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Hawks Cruise
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team delivered the knockout blow early and never looked back en route to a 49-38 home victory over Valley Oak League rival East Union Wednesday night.

"We wanted this game more because we knew they beat Ceres," Hawks senior Robert Morgan said.

Morgan gave Central Valley (7-10, 1-3 VOL) a much-needed offensive spark. He scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the opening half.

"I was really confident coming into the game," Robert said. "Everything's been falling for me today since morning P.E."

"He's finally starting to come around," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "When he does well like that, it takes the pressure off (Trevor Mew)."

Mew, Central Valley's top player, scored seven points in three-plus quarters. He relaxed on the bench with a towel draped around his neck for most of the fourth period.

Freshman point guard Keymonte Wooten added 13 points.

Gary Ney, Greg Mathews and Ross Henry tallied seven, four and two points, respectively.

The Lancers (2-14, 1-3 VOL) had no players score in double figures. Adrian Quant totaled nine points. Tyler Bylow and Ricky Inderbitzin contributed eight and seven points, respectively.

The Hawks scored eight of the first nine points of the contest on their way to building a decisive 34-20 lead in the first half.

The Hawks' full-court press defense worked to perfection.

"We stopped them from doing what they wanted to do," said Morgan, who scored five points in the opening period and eight in the second. "We knew they'd have problems."

Central Valley used all 13 of its players during the rout. Dickson emptied his bench early in the fourth quarter. "Everybody had a good time," he said.

Sophomore boys survive

Central Valley High School's sophomore boys basketball team never lost confidence even after nearly squandering a 15-point lead to East Union late in the fourth quarter.

A 5-0 spurt over the final two minutes allowed the Hawks to escape with a 59-50 victory against the Lancers on Wednesday in Ceres.

"The kids responded well," Central Valley head coach Mike Holliday said. "They didn't panic. They were real business like. None of them seemed nervous."

Three Hawk players scored in double figures.

"That's really what we needed," Holliday said.

David Griffin tallied seven of his game-high 17 points in the fourth period.

Hector Jacobo had 17 points, including nine in the first period.

Jamal Wessinger scored nine points in the second period and four in the fourth on his way totaling 13.

Central Valley also relied on Tyree Jones, Ryan Sandner, Christian Gil, Nate Villegas and Sunny Moun. Jones, Sandner and Gil collected three points each. Villegas added two points. Moun contributed one point.

Teejay Gordon poured in 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first half for the Lancers. Lawrence Baraan and Daniel Ruiz totaled 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Central Valley outscored East Union 37-25 in the opening half.

The Lancers got within four points at 54-50 with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Griffin made five of six free throws down the stretch to help the Hawks secure the win.

"We played good defense, took care of the ball and finished," Holliday said. "Everybody played well."

Freshmen edged out by Sonora

Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball squad struggled without its normal starting point guard last week against Sonora.

Sunshyne Anderson missed the Valley Oak League contest with a knee injury, sustained at East Union on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

"She does so much for the team," head coach Julie Gant said. "She's like a little general out there."

In Anderson's absence on Thursday in Ceres, the Hawks committed more than 20 turnovers and converted just 8 of 16 free throws en route to a 32-30 loss to the Wildcats.

"There's no way we should have lost that game," Gant said. "We just played sloppy today. We couldn't even run our offense because we were turning the ball over."

Valerie Olide led the Hawks (2-3 VOL) with 15 points. Penny Chanthavong and Geena Wade added six and four points, respectively. Cynthia Andrade and Jenna Rutledge both scored two points. Amanda Wheeler contributed one point.

Anneka Pisula finished with nine points to lead Sonora's balanced scoring attack. Avery Wilson, Maddie Pallante and Tyler Swycinsky had six points apiece. Kayla Lagomarsino and Hailey Miller tallied three and two points, respectively.

Central Valley trailed 21-17 at the end of the third quarter.

The Hawks outscored the Wildcats 13-11 in the final period.

Central Valley allowed Sonora to run the final 35 seconds off the clock. The Hawks squandered a chance to get the ball back for a potential game-winning or tying shot by not fouling the Wildcats, who were in the bonus. They failed to follow the instructions of their coach.

"We had just talked about it during a timeout," Gant said. "We just didn't execute."