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Dawgs, Hawks earn decisive league victories
Ceres High will face Central Valley this Thursday
Victoria Castillo scored two points in Central Valleys conference matchup with Pacheco this past week. The Hawks rolled to a 51-11 victory. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's junior-varsity girls basketball team has yet to meet its match in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Bulldogs improved to 20-2 overall and 9-0 in the WAC standings after demolishing Los Banos 41-22 on Feb. 3 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Ceres High's Rayohna Sagapolu led all scorers with 15 points.

Alexis Contreras, Kaylee Holloway and Breanna Moreno chipped in with 10, six and four points, respectively.

Leena Bassi, Callie Nunes and Julia Pata all had two points.

The Bulldogs held a slim 13-10 lead at the break.

Ceres High outscored Los Banos 28-12 in the second half. Sagapolu had 10 points. Contreras and Holloway added six points each. Moreno contributed four points.

Ceres High will play host to crosstown-rival Central Valley (16-1, 9-0) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

CV 51, Pacheco 11
Central Valley High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team showed no mercy in beating Pacheco 51-11 in Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks won the first meeting, 67-26, in Los Banos on Jan. 15.

"We were pretty confident but not overconfident," Central Valley post player Adria Robinson said while talking about her team's mindset for the rematch.

The Hawks improved to 7-11 overall and 6-3 in the WAC standings.

"We communicate better now," said Robinson, whose team dropped eight of its first nine non-conference games of the season.

Adria scored a game-high 13 points against Pacheco.

"I just want to work on things I'm not good at-my shooting and knowing where I'm at on the court," Adria said. "I don't know everything."

Hawk teammates Annalicia Carbone, Blanca Espinoza, Angelica Duarte and Ishvir Chahal added 10, nine, eight and seven points, respectively.

Victoria Castillo and Delores Uti contributed two points each.

Central Valley will play at crosstown-rival Ceres High tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The first-place Bulldogs (20-2, 9-0) edged the Hawks 47-46 at Central Valley earlier this season.

"I think we'll do well," Robinson said. "We just have to stay focused and keep our confidence up. It would mean a lot if we beat them. We'd feel better about ourselves."