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CHS JV girls take second
JV girls end season with 46-24 victory
Shelby Veuve crashes to the floor while grabbing a loose ball in Ceres Highs season-ending 46-24 thumping of visiting Pacheco on Feb. 16. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

All 10 members of Ceres High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team received playing time during its season finale.

The host Bulldogs raced past the Pacheco Panthers, 46-24, in Western Athletic Conference action on Feb. 16 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"Everybody got to play," Ceres High head coach Aimee Gunzenhauser said. "That was really important."

The Bulldogs compiled a 14-9 overall record this year.

Ceres High's freshman squad won 13 of 21 games under Gunzenhauser's guidance last winter.

"It was really awesome to work with the same girls I coached last year at the freshman level," Gunzenhauser said. "My goal was to get them prepared for the next level, which is varsity. It's going to be way more intense than they're used to."

Ceres High's Harmen Bahia collected a game-high 14 points against Pacheco.

Camryn Silva tallied 11 points.

Angelina Ursua, Shelby Veuve and Savannah Zielke added eight, five and four points, respectively.

Andrea Duran and Hannah Kimbro both scored two points.

Terijo Benavidez, Karla Lagunas and Sierra Mote also contributed.

"I had high expectations for my team," Gunzenhauser said. "Every day at practice was a competition. They were always pushing each other to get better. They worked really hard."

Ceres High posted a 9-3 record on its way to a runner-up finish in the WAC standings.

"They played hard," Gunzenhauser said. "They improved tremendously. They enjoyed the season. There's no reason we couldn't have won all of our games. We lost because of turnovers and not being mentally prepared. We beat ourselves."

Gunzenhauser graduated from Ceres High in 2009. She played two seasons of varsity basketball with the Bulldogs.

"It's awesome to be able to give back to the school," she said. "I'm trying to help build the program. It's fun to pass on the knowledge I got from my coaches (Shawna Nunes and Phil de la Porte)."

Manteca Bulletin Sports Editor Jonamar Jacinto contributed to this report.