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CV fades in fourth quarter, loses 45-34 at CC
Hawks muster just eight points in final period
Melissa Afortunado drives baseline in Central Valleys 45-43 setback at Central Catholic last Friday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Tied at 26-all, Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team mustered just eight points in the final period en route to a 45-34 loss to Central Catholic on Friday in Modesto.

The Raiders compiled a 2-0 record versus the Hawks in Western Athletic Conference play.

Central Catholic defeated Central Valley 56-49 on Jan. 7 in Ceres.

"Turnovers killed us again," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said.

Central Valley dropped to 9-6 on the year and 1-2 in the WAC standings.

The Raiders improved to 11-6 and 4-1.

The Hawks are vying for their third playoff berth in four years.

"I'm not even thinking about that right now," Padilla said. "But we can't afford any more losses. We have to finish in the top three."

Mia Lorenzo collected 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal for the Hawks.

Tamara Uti tallied eight points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal.
Mikayla Mabie totaled five points, three assists and one steal.

Casey McCloskey had four points, 11 rebounds and two steals.

Ali Martinez had three points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists.

Lindsey Alexander had three points and one rebound.

Central Valley trailed 23-19 at intermission.

The Hawks and Raiders combined for just 10 points in the third period.

Central Catholic outscored Central Valley 19-8 in the final eight minutes.

"We played really well until the end," Padilla said. "We turned the ball over during crunch time and they capitalized. It was ugly."

The Hawks will play host to the crosstown-rival Bulldogs on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Central Valley won the first meeting, 42-34, on Jan. 9.

"I don't think it's going to be as close as the first one," Padilla said. "But we still have to show up and play."