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Hawks dominate
A standout post player on Ceres High School's 2004-05 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship varsity girls basketball team, Krystle Brown now finds herself doing the unexpected.

The former Bulldog guided Central Valley High School's frosh-soph girls hoops squad to a 52-13 non-conference road victory over Hughson on Thursday.

"I never thought I'd coach," said Brown, who still has one year of athletic eligibility left at Cal State Stanislaus. "It makes me miss basketball a lot."

Diana Carmona poured in a team-high 16 points for Central Valley, which improved to 2-1 on the year. Vivien Fermil (11 points) and Cynthia Andrade (10) also scored in double figures. Geena Wade and Jordan Smith had six and four points, respectively. Amanda Wheeler and Penny Chanthavong both contributed two points. Brittany Martinez added one point.

"It definitely was a good team win," Brown said. "Everyone played their role and that was successful for us."

Fermil and Carmona, Central Valley's talented backcourt, combined to score 16 points as the Hawks built a 28-8 lead in the first half. Vivien had 10, including one trey.

"They make the other people around them better," Brown said.

Andrade, a post player, tallied six of her 10 points in the second half.

"She's very strong, aggressive and athletic," Brown said. "She had a great game tonight."

The Hawks allowed no field goals in the second and fourth quarters against the Huskies (1-2).

"We've been working on defense a lot at practice and it showed tonight," Brown said. "Everyone was in their spots."

An emotional player on the hardwood, Brown is still learning how to manage her energy. "I've taken a little bit from each of my coaches," said Krystle, who played for Shawna Nunes and Phil de la Porte at CHS, and Mike Girardi at Modesto Junior College. "But I'm also trying to develop my own style."