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Central Valley girls continue their dominance
Frosh Hawks top Bulldogs, Tigers
Central Valley freshman girls basketball standout Yesenia Zuniga totaled 23 points in a pair of Western Athletic Conference victories this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball team put its perfect record on the line once again this past week.

The Hawks faced little resistance while collecting victories against Ceres High and Los Banos.

Central Valley improved to 23-0 on the year and 11-0 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

"I don't think a lot of teams can compete with our intensity," Hawks head coach Julie Gant said. "We do a lot of running in practice. The bleachers get used a lot.
I'm blessed to have great athletes. They're wonderful, young ladies. You can't ask for more at the freshman level."

Host Central Valley crushed second-place/crosstown-rival Ceres High, 44-11, on Feb. 8.

"There's a lot of heart and emotion involved," Gant said. "We dominated from start to finish. We were hoping for a more competitive game."

Hawk teammates Naciah Smith (15), Chrystal Perales (12) and Yesenia Zuniga (10) combined to score 37 points against the Bulldogs.

Abigail Martinez and Alyssa Maeyama both contributed two points.

Isabella Andres had one point.

Mariah Trevino scored a team-high five points for the Bulldogs (13-4, 9-2).

Lauren Gonzalez and Vivian Moreno chipped in with two points apiece.

Angelina Knights and Jacquelyn Pulido each had one point.

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 16-1 in the first quarter and led 33-3 at halftime.

"That's what pressure does," Gant said while talking about her team's suffocating defense. "It takes the will to win away. I wish other people would press us back."

Central Valley demolished Los Banos, 29-8, on Feb. 9 in Ceres.

Zuniga had a game-high 13 points.

Smith and Perales added seven and five points, respectively.

Martinez and Anmolpreet Sangha tallied two points each.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 12-2 in the opening period en route to building a 17-6 lead in the first half.

Central Valley allowed just two points during the second half, including none in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks will close out the 2015-16 campaign at Livingston this week.

Barring a major upset, Central Valley should finish the 2015-16 campaign with unblemished overall and WAC records.

The Hawks' final conference game will be played on the road.

"We've had a great season," Gant said. "The girls learned a lot this year. No opponent was taken lightly."