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CV girls close out season with 64-40 loss at Patterson
Lorenzo scores 19 points in final game with Hawks
Turlock High transfer Mikayla Mabie played a key role on Central Valleys varsity girls basketball team this season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Eliminated from playoff contention, Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team closed out the 2013-14 season with a 64-40 loss at Patterson on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

"They're big and fast," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "They're loaded."

The first-place Tigers won all 12 of their Western Athletic Conference games for the second year in a row.

Central Valley tied for fourth place with crosstown-rival Ceres High in the league standings (5-7).

Patterson and two other teams from the WAC, including Central Catholic and Los Banos, qualified for the postseason.

Mia Lorenzo collected 19 points, five steals and four rebounds during her final game with the Hawks.

She buried five treys.

Lorenzo was promoted to varsity her sophomore year.

"That's the best I've seen her play," Padilla said. "She was unstoppable."

Sophomore Mikayla Mabie added nine points, four rebounds and two steals.

Mabie transferred from Turlock High School.

"She was a big addition to the team this year," Padilla said.

Tamara Uti tallied five points.

Casey McCloskey and Jasmin Valencia both scored three points.

Bianca Zuniga had one point.

Central Valley faced a 34-16 deficit at halftime.

The Tigers outscored the Hawks 30-24 after intermission.

"We hung with them," Padilla said. "We played really well together. We just got gassed."

Central Valley failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Hawks could have easily gone 8-4 this year.

Central Valley lost 48-47 to Ceres High, 35-30 to Pacheco, 49-45 to Los Banos and 56-49 to Central Catholic.

"We let a couple games slip away," Padilla said. "We came up short. It is what it is. All the girls got along. That was good."