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Hawks no longer winless
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team is no longer winless.

The Hawks beat Galt and Franklin in non-conference play this past week.

Central Valley improved to 2-4 overall.

"We started the season off rough," Hawks 6-foot-2 senior center Brittany Martinez said. "It was a little frustrating. But we're still learning how to play together. We're going to keep working hard."

Added Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla: "The chemistry is getting better."

The Hawks dominated early and dashed Galt's comeback bid with a 43-32 victory on Wednesday in Ceres.

Martinez scored a game-high 21 points.

Mia Lorenzo and Jessica Martinez both collected six points.

Tamara Uti had four points.

Ali Martinez, Veronica Duarte and Bianca Zuniga all contributed two points.

Freshman Shantanice Mendoza led the Warriors in scoring with 19 points.

"I'm surprised they went away from her," Padilla said.

Central Valley outscored Galt 22-12 in the opening half. Brittany totaled eight points. Mia and Jessica finished with six points apiece. Veronica added two points.

Mendoza single-handedly kept Galt in the game.

She had 14 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter.

The Warriors cut the deficit to 32-31 with 6:04 to play in the final period.

The Hawks responded with an 8-1 run. Brittany scored three times inside and made one foul shot. Her offensive rebound putback gave Central Valley a 40-32 lead at the 1:46 mark.

"The offense has to go through Brittany," Padilla said. "If she gets in shape, she'll be unstoppable. That's what we're pushing for."

Central Valley ended its four-game skid with a 43-29 win over Franklin on Dec. 4 in Stockton.

Mia tallied a team-high 14 points.

Brittany, Tamara and Ali netted 11, eight and six points, respectively.

Bianca and Catrina Castillo both scored two points.

The Hawks led 30-24 at the end of the third quarter.

Central Valley outscored Franklin 13-5 in the final period.

"We communicated better this week," Brittany said.