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CV, CHS players compete in all-star game
Bryce, Brittany combine for 22 points
Bryce Ford, far left, and Brittany Martinez (21) were rivals during the regular season. Ford and Martinez teamed up at the Six-County All-Star Classic last week. Bryce had 13 points and Brittany added nine points as Blue posted an 83-52 victory over Red on Friday at Gregori High School.

Central Valley's Brittany Martinez and Ceres High's Bryce Ford were opponents in varsity girls basketball the past three seasons.

Martinez and Ford played together with the Ceres Shock AAU travel team during the summertime.

Brittany and Bryce reunited this past week in Modesto.

Ford scored 13 points and Martinez had nine points while leading Blue past Red, 83-52, in the Six-County All-Star Classic on Friday at Gregori High School.

"It was fun to play with her again," Bryce said. "It brought back memories."

Added Brittany: "We reminisced about the past. That was really cool."

Ford, Martinez and their Blue teammates dominated from start to finish.

Bryce accounted for the final basket of the game.

She finished inside after catching an alley-oop pass from Gregori's Marissa McDuffy with 3 seconds left in regulation.

"It was intense," Ford said. "It was fast-paced. We pressed the entire game. I knew we were going to win by a lot. Everybody on our team was good. We shared the ball."

"I was a bit surprised," Martinez said while talking about the lopsided outcome. "I expected it to be more competitive. But we played very well together."

Ford and Martinez played varsity basketball for four and three years, respectively.

Brittany, a 6-foot-2 post player, filled a major role while propelling the Hawks to record heights.

Central Valley won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles and qualified for the playoffs three times.

Brittany earned first-team, all-Western Athletic Conference honors the past two years.

She averaged 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game as the Hawks compiled an 11-14 overall record and placed fourth in the conference play (4-4) in 2012-13.

Martinez finished second in WAC MVP voting as a junior. She averaged 11.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.5 steals for Central Valley, which finished 19-6, qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the second year in a row and successfully defended its WAC title (10-2).

The Hawks accomplished two firsts by winning a league title and advancing to the playoffs during Martinez's sophomore year. She averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

Brittany's teams posted a 5-1 record against crosstown-rival Ceres High.

Bryce developed into one of the best players in the Stanislaus District.

Ford was selected to the WAC First team her senior year.

She averaged 14.6 points per game for the Bulldogs, who qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time in three years, placed third in the WAC (7-5) and posted an 11-9 overall record.

Bryce reached double figures in scoring 10 times. She tallied a season-high 32 points against Los Banos.

Ford was voted WAC MVP as a sophomore. She averaged 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Bryce led the Bulldogs in just about every statistical category. She ranked first in league in scoring and in the top three in rebounding. Ford shot 44 percent from the field.

Martinez earned a scholarship to UC Merced.

Ford will continue her hoops career at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

"We're going our separate ways," Bryce said. "I didn't want to stay in Ceres or Modesto. I want to do something different."

Said Brittany: "She's one of my good friends. I wish her the best of luck. I know she's going to do well at the next level. She's a great player."