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CHS, CV girls tie for second in WAC standings
Bulldogs, Hawks compile identical 9-3 records
Nicole Munoz (left) helped lead Central Valley to a tie for second place in conference play with Rayohna Sagapolu and Ceres High. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team did its part and got help from Patterson during the final day of the Western Athletic Conference season.

The Bulldogs defeated the Raiders of Central Catholic 43-34 on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Modesto.

The win, coupled with Patterson's win over Central Valley, helped Ceres High secure a second-place tie in the WAC standings with the crosstown Hawks.

The Bulldogs and Hawks compiled identical 9-3 records.

Freshman Rayohna Sagapolu had a memorable season finale with Ceres High as she totaled a team-high 19 points.

Ariel Knights added 11 points.

Kaylee Holloway and Callie Nunes collected four and three points, respectively.

Natalia Cortez, Adryana Knights and Jade Moore all contributed two points.

Ceres High edged Central Catholic 40-38 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium on Feb. 6.

The Bulldogs seized control in the first period during the rematch. Ceres High outscored Central Catholic, 19-6.

Tigers, 62, Hawks 34
Central Valley's junior-varsity girls basketball team concluded the 2013-14 WAC campaign with a disappointing 62-34 loss at Patterson on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The Hawks defeated the Tigers 47-40 earlier this season.

"We didn't come out with a sense of urgency," head coach Kevin Dupree said. "I'll take most of the blame for the loss. I didn't have us ready and focused for the game."

Central Valley finished in a two-way tie for second place in the WAC standings with Ceres High.

Livingston (11-1) won the league title. The Hawks compiled a 1-1 record against the Wolves.

"If we would have played to our full potential, we could have been just as good as Livingston," Dupree said. "We had talent and depth. I'm still proud of what we accomplished. The girls learned a lot."

Central Valley never recovered after falling behind 19-9 in the first quarter.

The Hawks trailed 50-27 at the end of the third period.

"It's the last game of the season," Dupree said. "They wanted it more than we did. Honestly, they just outplayed us. It felt like the effort wasn't there. We couldn't stop anybody on their team. Most of their points came from inside the paint."