Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball squad put the finishing touches on an unbeaten Western Athletic Conference season by punishing visiting Livingston 35-18 on Feb. 16 in Ceres.
"We achieved our goal," Hawks head coach Julie Gant said. "They're a special team."
Central Valley compiled a 19-1 overall record and placed first in the WAC standings with a 12-0 mark this season. The Hawks won all of their conference games in dominant fashion.
"They were like little sponges," Gant said. "They listened. They tried hard. They worked really well together."
Hawk standout guard Elizabeth Robinson tallied a game-high 21 points against the Wolves.
Samantha Muniz, Chetna Kumar and Laiza Diaz contributed six, four and three points, respectively.
Trinity Avila had one point.
"These girls love basketball," Gant said. "That's what they like to do."
Central Valley didn't underestimate Livingston.
"I reminded them of the Cinderella story that happens in the NCAA Tournament," Gant said. "Anybody can be beat. We've lost before."
Central Valley outscored Livingston 11-4 in the second period on its way to building a 20-6 lead in the opening half.
"We were ahead the whole time," Gant said. "We were a little slow in the beginning. They gave us a game."
Central Valley ended the year by securing its 18th consecutive victory.
Team work, commitment and drive were key factors in Central Valley's success.
"I'm proud of all of the girls," Gant said. "They were amazing. If they stick together, and continue to work hard, it will make for a better program overall at Central Valley."