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Hawks hurt by turnover-filled performance
Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball coach Jesse Padilla wasn't in a talkative mood after his team suffered its fourth straight league defeat to begin the year.

The Hawks had trouble getting into their offense against Sonora's trapping defense on Thursday in Ceres. As a result, they lost 56-42 to the Wildcats.

"They didn't do anything special," he said. "They ran the exact same thing as last time. We just had way too many turnovers."

Central Valley senior guard Julie Calderon managed to score 20 points in a variety of ways despite being regularly double-teamed.

Phylicia Martinez, Lizette Covarrubias and Miranda Espinoza had seven, six and three points, respectively.

The Hawks had no answer for Raven Anderson, Sonora's 6-foot-2 center. She tallied a game-high 27 points.

"She was really good," Calderon said. "She was aggressive."

On the verge of turning the VOL game into a rout, Sonora struggled to keep pace with Central Valley in the closing minutes of the opening half. The Hawks clawed their way back from a double-digit deficit and trailed by just eight points at the break.

"We were pretty confident coming into the second half," Calderon said. "But little mistakes killed us."

Sonora used a 14-1 run over a five-minute span in the third quarter to increase its lead to 21. Anderson and Tori Selesia scored eight and six points, respectively.

"We have the potential to beat any team," Calderon said. "But our big downside is protecting the ball."

Central Valley committed nine of its 26 turnovers in the third quarter.

The Hawks continued to battle the Wildcats in the fourth quarter.

Calderon buried a 3-pointer from the right wing and jumper near the free-throw line to make it a 13-point game with 5:36 to play.

The Hawks scored just two points on Covarrubias' basket the rest of the way.

Sonora defeated Central Valley 56-41 at the Turlock-Pitman Community Spirit Tournament during the preseason.

Sophomores outlast Sonora in VOL showdown

Jessica Berndt's primary responsibilities for the Central Valley High School sophomore girls basketball squad are defense and rebounding.

The forward scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter during the Hawks' 31-30 win against Sonora on Thursday in Ceres.

"It feels good to help my team win," Berndt said. "I'm not usually the shooter. It's surprising."

Vivian Fermil had a team-high 11 points for Central Valley, which snapped a two-game skid and improved to 3-2 in the VOL. Myra Naranjo, Anicia Camarillo and Melissa Minerva netted seven, five and two points, respectively.

Krystina Atherton had a team-high 11 points for the Wildcats. Kelsie Scott and Elise Amend chimed in with eight and five points, respectively.

The Hawks entered the VOL contest having dropped their previous two games to Lathrop and East Union.

"We needed that win to bring our spirits up," head coach Mike Reynolds said.

Central Valley held a slim 14-11 lead at halftime.

Fermil collected seven points, including five in the second period. Naranjo and Camarillo added five and two points, respectively.

Both teams tallied nine points in the third quarter. Camarillo scored three points. Naranjo, Fermil and Minerva all contributed two points.

Central Valley held off Sonora in the fourth period thanks in large part to Berndt's offensive production. She hit a close-range jumper and scored inside twice.

"We've been telling her to shoot more," Reynolds said.