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Haynes, Coral battle former teammates
Former Bulldog Adriana Haynes tallied 11 points during the Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball team's 45-42 triumph over visiting Ceres High Thursday night. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ramon Coral and Adriana Haynes competed against their former teammates this past week.

Haynes, formerly of Ceres High, starred on Central Valley’s varsity girls basketball team.

Coral, a former Hawk, had a breakout game with Ceres High’s varsity boys hoops squad.

“It’s fun especially when you’re playing against people you know,” Ramon said.

Haynes tallied 11 points during host Central Valley’s 45-42 win over Ceres High on Thursday.

“It’s different seeing her (Haynes) in a CV uniform,” Bulldogs star guard Nicole Bates said. “She did very well today. I wasn’t surprised. She’s aggressive and she has a good shot.”

Coral scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both team-highs, during Ceres High’s 51-42 loss to Central Valley on Friday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Central Valley led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before having to stave off a late rally by Ceres High.

Coral, a senior center, accounted for 11 of the Bulldogs’ 23 second-half points.

Ceres High cut the deficit to 45-40 when Coral made two free throws with 1:49 to play.

“Ramon did an excellent job bringing them back,” Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said.

“I love going against people who are my size,” said Coral, who had a 13-9 scoring advantage against Central Valley standout center Parker Griffin during the game. “I started off slow. I missed three layups in the first quarter. I was pretty bummed.”

Coral played for Central Valley’s freshman boys basketball team during the 2011-12 school year.

Haynes, a sophomore post player, scored 10 points as the Hawks built a 25-17 lead in the first half against the Bulldogs.

“I didn’t think it was going to be that easy,” Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said while talking about Haynes’ dominant performance early in the game. “She’s getting better and better. The scary thing is she’s only a sophomore.”

Haynes played varsity basketball at Ceres High her freshman year.

Adriana averaged 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds leading up to last week’s crosstown showdown.

“She came over here for a reason,” Hawks standout guard Mikayla Mabie said. “We all have faith in her and believe in her. She never seems to fail us.”