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Hawks struggle at home
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Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team endured a horrific shooting performance during its 54-25 loss to Los Banos on Tuesday, Dec. 23 in Ceres.

"Everyone was missing shots," Hawks forward Amanda Lopez said. "They were right under the basket too. It was unbelievable."

Lopez paced Central Valley (4-5) with 11 points. Julie Calderon and Ashley Armenio added six and four points, respectively. Gigi Sahota and Jessica Rodriguez contributed two points each.

Brooke Silva had 21 points for the Tigers (6-4). Lexi De La Cruz and Michelle Ceja collected eight and seven points, respectively.

The Hawks trailed 30-10 at the break. Central Valley sank just 5 of 39 field-goal attempts and committed 18 turnovers in the opening 16 minutes.

"We missed so many fastbreak opportunities," coach Jesse Padilla said. "It was disgusting."

Phylicia Martinez and Miranda Espinoza, two of Central Valley's normal starters, did not play because of injuries.

Sophomore squad wins

Central Valley High School's sophomore girls basketball team built a comfortable lead in the first half and escaped with a 41-37 home victory over Los Banos last week.

Myra Naranjo netted a team-high 18 points for Central Valley, which notched its sixth consecutive win to improve to 9-1 in the preseason. Eva Noorzai scored 10 points before fouling out in the third quarter. Vivian Fermil, Maricruz Rivas and Jessica Berndt tallied eight, three and two points, respectively.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 14-3 in the first quarter on their way to building a 28-14 lead in the opening half.

The Hawks held off the Tigers after intermission despite playing without Noorzai for eight-plus minutes. Melissa Minerva and Jeanette Garcia platooned at center in Eva's absence.

"It's always hard losing someone like that, but our bench is really strong," coach Mike Reynolds said.