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Frosh Hawks roll
CV girls, boys both collect wins
Elizabeth Robinson scored a career-high 31 points in Central Valleys 52-29 thumping of Patterson in freshman girls basketball last week in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball team continued its run of dominance this past week.

The Hawks improved to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference after beating Patterson 52-29 on Jan. 6 in Ceres.

"If we stay focused and healthy, we could take league this year," Central Valley head coach Julie Gant said. "That's what I'm hoping for. Our biggest competition is going to be Ceres High."

Elizabeth Robinson scored a career-high 31 points for the Hawks.

Trinity Avila, Samantha Muniz and Maria Sisneros added 11, six and three points, respectively.

"She (Robinson) did a great job for us," Gant said.

Central Valley overcame a slow start.

Patterson led 8-4 at the end of the first quarter.

"Everybody tried to do their own thing," Gant said while talking about her team's struggles. "I called a timeout and we made some changes."

Central Valley outscored Patterson 23-6 in the second period.

"The faster the game goes, the better they play," Gant said. "Everybody started playing as a team."

Central Valley will travel to Los Banos on Thursday to face Pacheco. The WAC contest will get underway at 4:30 p.m.

CV 57, Hilmar 27
Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team snapped a three-game slide with a 57-27 win over Hilmar in non-conference play on Thursday in Ceres.

"The kids were pretty unselfish today," Hawks head coach Jon Merchant said. "They passed the ball a lot."

Central Valley, 0-2 Western Athletic Conference, improved to 6-9 on the year.

"There's been tremendous growth from day one to now," Merchant said. "We play hard. Our issue is skill. We have to get better at shooting and dribbling."

Hawk Hanson Hy netted a game-high 18 points versus the Yellowjackets.

Antonio Ramirez and David Serrano tallied eight and five points, respectively.

Estevan Barragan, Alonzo Bustos, Taj Dosanjh and Daniel Salazar chipped in with four points apiece.

Israel Anaya, Miguel Jimenez and Marcellino Vindiola contributed three points each.

Juan Tinajero had one point.

"That's what I like him (Hy) to do every game," Merchant said.

Central Valley outscored Hilmar 32-12 in the first half.
Hy had 12 points, including eight in the second quarter.

Ramirez added six points.

"We were aggressive early," said Merchant, whose team accounted for 10 of the game's first 12 points. "Our whole mantra is defense."

Merchant subbed five players at a time during Central Valley's victory against Hilmar.

"I wanted to keep up the energy and everyone fresh," Merchant said. "It was working."

The Hawks shot 50 percent (9 of 18) from the free-throw line.

Central Valley dropped to 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference standings following Wednesday's 65-32 loss at Patterson.

Serrano paced the Hawks with nine points.

Jackson, Hy, Jimenez and Ramirez contributed seven, six, three and two points, respectively.

Aaron Vander Wal had one point.

The Hawks trailed 28-21 at intermission.

Patterson outscored Central Valley 37-11 during the second half.

Central Valley lost to El Capitan, Central Catholic and Patterson prior to beating Hilmar.

"Our goal's to win league," Merchant said. "We dug ourselves a hole. We're playing better. We'll see what happens."