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CV claims consolation championship at Pitman tournament
Hawks win pair of games, improve to 6-5
Alyssa Costa draws a foul during Central Valleys non-league clash with Atwater on Dec. 22 in Ceres. The Hawks lost 53-45 to the Falcons. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team defeated Grace Davis 44-22 for the consolation title at the Pitman Holiday Classic Tournament on Monday in Turlock.

"The girls played really well together," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said.

Lindsey Alexander led Central Valley with a game-high 22 points. She matched the Spartans' total offensive output.

Simi Sahota tallied eight points.

Mikayla Mabie and Nicole Munoz both collected six points.

Alyssa Costa had two points.

Central Valley outscored Grace Davis 29-6 in the opening half, including 15-0 in the second period.

Central Valley bested Hughson 69-40 in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.

Heaven Simon paced the Hawks with 14 points.

Costa totaled 13 points.

Alexander and Mabie contributed 12 points each.

Adria Robinson, Teresa Diaz and Celest Lepe chipped in with nine, five and three points, respectively.

Sahota added one point.

"We blew it open in the third quarter," Padilla said. "They couldn't handle our full-court press."

Central Valley squandered a seven-point lead while losing 39-31 to Golden Valley in the opening round on Friday.

"We should have beat them," Padilla said.

Mabie scored 10 points.

Costa tallied seven points.

Alexander and Simon finished with six points each.

Diaz had two points.

The Hawks led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Golden Valley outscored Central Valley 31-17 in the middle periods.

"We didn't play very well all the way around," Padilla said.

The Hawks placed fifth at the Pitman tourney.

"We won two of three games," Padilla said. "It's better than going 0-3."

Mabie was selected to the all-tournament. The standout guard averaged 9.3 points per game.

"She was our leader on the floor," Padilla said. "She's only going to get better."

Central Valley (6-5) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this Friday.

The will travel to Merced to face first-year El Capitan.

The contest will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

"I don't know anything about them," Padilla said. "We just got to play a complete game."