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Girls winless no more
CV girls basketball team collects its first league victory
Elizabeth Robinson and Central Valleys varsity girls basketball team secured a split against Western Athletic Conference competition last week. The Hawks beat the Pacheco Panthers and lost to the Patterson Tigers. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls basketball team ended weeks of frustration on Jan. 16.

The Hawks secured their first win in Western Athletic Conference play and second victory of the season, topping Pacheco 44-24 in Los Banos.

"We won it together, not as individuals, by passing the ball around," Central Valley senior Chetna Kumar said. "We worked as a team. It's a good feeling winning."

Hawk Angelina Knights poured in a team-high 12 points against the Panthers.

Sunaina Dhillon and Elizabeth Robinson chipped in with 11 points apiece.

Jennifer Novoa contributed four points.

Kumar and Alyssa Maeyama both added two points.

Central Valley dropped to 2-13 overall and 1-3 in the WAC standings after losing 62-14 to reigning WAC-champion Patterson on Thursday in Ceres.

"It was a struggle but we tried our best until the end," Kumar said.

Kumar and Rosie Duarte led the Hawks in scoring with four points apiece.

Knights added two points.

Dhillon and Anmolpreet Sangha both had one point.

Central Valley fell behind 17-2 in the first quarter thanks in large part to 14 turnovers.

"Turnovers are killing us," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "It's been like that all year. Until we figure out how to protect the ball, it's going to be a long season. Our basketball IQ has got to get better."

The Hawks are facing a rebuilding year this winter.

Central Valley lost all five of its starters from a season ago to graduation.

"In the beginning, we were a new team," Kumar said. "Now, we're finding our strengths and knowing who can play where. As long as we're working together and improving every game, the second half of our season will be different."

The Hawks will play host to the Livingston Wolves this Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

CHS girls lose twice

Vying for its first win of the 2018 Western Athletic Conference, Ceres High's varsity girls basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week.

The Bulldogs fell to 2-14 overall and 0-4 in the WAC standings.

"I'm still hoping for improvement and to get a few more wins before the end of the season," head coach Aimee Gunzenhauser said.

Ceres High lost 46-36 to Pacheco in overtime on Thursday in Los Banos.

Chrystal Perales tallied a team-high 14 points while starring on offense for the Bulldogs.

Harmen Bahia, Camryn Silva, Angelina Ursua and Jackie Pulido chipped in with eight, six, five and three points, respectively.

Livingston defeated Central Valley 56-44 on Jan. 16.

Silva netted a team-high 17 points in defeat.

Perales added 10 points.

Harmen Bahia and Naciah Smith both contributed six points.

Ursua and Mya Robinson finished with three and two points, respectively.