Ceres High School's freshman girls basketball team won all three of its games this past week to remain in the hunt for the Western Athletic Conference title.
The Bulldogs beat Livingston twice and El Capitan once.
"If we win out, we'll be tied for first with Central Valley," Ceres High head coach Mike Arnold said. "We have to keep getting better as a team."
The second-place Bulldogs improved to 11-3 on the year and 7-1 in the WAC standings after cruising to a 40-17 win over visiting Livingston on Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
Vivian Moreno totaled a team-high 10 points for Ceres High.
Mariah Trevino and Jacquelyn Pulido tallied nine and eight points, respectively.
Jullissa Arreola and Isabella Ramirez collected four points each.
Lauren Gonzalez and Kyara Rodriguez both scored two points.
Angelina Knights had one point.
The Bulldogs outscored the Wolves 26-10 during the second half.
Ceres High had its way with El Capitan, 49-29, on Jan. 26 in Merced.
Knights exploded for a game-high 14 points.
Trevino netted 10 points.
Pulido and Ramirez finished with nine points apiece.
Moreno and Arreola had four and two points, respectively.
Celeste Vieyra added one point.
Ceres High held a slim 23-18 lead at intermission.
The Bulldogs outscored the Gauchos 26-11 in the second half.
Ceres High won in double overtime, 36-31, at Livingston on Jan. 25.
The Bulldogs overcame a slow start as they failed to score in the first quarter.
"It got us prepared for the rest of the week," Arnold said.
Pulido poured in a team-high 12 points.
Knights and Moreno added nine and six points, respectively.
Ramirez and Trevino both contributed three points, Gonzalez scored two and Arreola had one for victorious Ceres High. "Overall, the girls did really well," Arnold said. "They're starting to learn how to play together as a team."
Central Valley handed Ceres High its first loss in WAC play, 52-20, on Jan. 21 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
"Every game we play, we're getting ready for Central Valley," Arnold said.
The crosstown rematch will be staged at Central Valley next Monday at 4:30 p.m.
"That's the game everybody wants to see," Arnold said. "We're the underdogs. Nobody is expecting us to win. I like being in that position."