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CV girls snap Pattersons 38-game win streak
Hawks open WAC play with 55-54 victory
Mikayla Mabie and Central Valleys varsity girls basketball team will play host to Pacheco on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team made a statement during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks ended three-time reigning WAC-champion Patterson's run of dominance with a thrilling 55-54 road victory on Jan. 5.

Central Valley snapped the Tigers' 38-game conference winning streak.

"The whole team is really excited," Hawks standout guard Mikayla Mabie said. "Patterson has been really good the last three years. It's a big win for us. But that doesn't mean the next team is going to be easy."

Central Valley improved to 8-7 overall and 1-0 in the WAC.

Patterson dropped to 4-7 and 0-1.

The Hawks lost seven of their previous eight meetings versus Patterson, including six straight.

Central Valley compiled a 10-2 record while finishing behind the Tigers in the WAC standings a year ago.

"I have high expectations for the team," Mabie said. "Last year, we took second in league. We have a chance to take first this year. Our goal is to work together. We have a different mindset this season."

Mabie scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Hawks.

She also collected 11 assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Adriana Haynes added nine points, nine rebounds and one steal.

Blanca Espinoza tallied eight points, three rebounds and three steals.

Alyssa Costa totaled seven points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Adria Robinson contributed six points and seven rebounds.

Teresa Diaz chipped in with six points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Rosie Duarte had three points and one rebound.

Central Valley appeared headed for a blowout loss before rallying past Patterson.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 33-20 during the second half, including 16-7 in the third period.

"Coach (Jesse Padilla) gave us an earful at half," Mabie stated. "I said a few words. I knew it was going to be a different game in the second half. We started communicating a lot more. We pushed the ball a lot more. Our whole game improved."

Central Valley remained confident despite trailing 34-22 at the break.

"We came out flat," Mabie said. "We weren't playing to the best of our ability. It took a lot of energy to come back. I'm not surprised. We have high expectations. We want to take first."

Central Valley will play host to Pacheco tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.