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CV girls share WAC crown
Wolves edge Hawks, force tie in league standings
Senior point guard Mikayla Mabie filled a major role while leading Central Valley High Schools varsity girls basketball team to a share of the Western Athletic Conference title. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Mikayla Mabie and her Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball teammates had mixed emotions following last week's 60-54 loss at Livingston.

The Hawks and Wolves compiled identical 11-1 records while finishing in first place atop the Western Athletic Conference standings.

"It's exciting but heartbreaking," Mabie said. "It's basically a tie. We should still be proud of that."

Central Valley never recovered following Livingston's 18-6 scoring barrage in the third quarter.

"They were hungry," Mabie said. "They outhustled us."

The Hawks trailed 30-17 at halftime.

Central Valley outscored Livingston 37-30 during the second half.

"We were definitely nervous," Mabie said. "It was their Senior Night. They had home-court advantage. They played their hearts out."

Mabie capped off the regular season with a 26-point, eight-assist, five-rebound effort.

She made four of seven 3-pointers and 6 of 10 foul shots.

Teresa Diaz buried four treys on her way to tallying 12 points. She also had two rebounds and two assists.

Alexis Contreras contributed five points and one assist.

Alyssa Costa chipped in with four points, eight rebounds and one assist.

Adria Robinson totaled four points, seven rebounds and one steal.

Adriana Haynes added three points, eight rebounds and one assist.

Central Valley (18-8) earned its third conference title and fourth playoff berth in program history.

The Hawks qualified for the postseason for the second year in a row.

"It (sharing the WAC crown) is definitely not what we worked for," Mabie said. "But it's still a great accomplishment."