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Hawks hammer Panthers
Central Valley girls basketball squad improves to 14-7 on the year, 7-2 in league
Hawk teammate Melissa Afortunado (42) tries to score inside versus the Panthers. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team collected its 14th win of the season, and more importantly, remained in a tie for second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings following Thursday's 76-39 triumph over visiting Pacheco.

The top three teams in the WAC qualify for the Division-IV postseason tournament. The Hawks had three conference games remaining on their schedule as of Monday.

"We really want to go to playoffs," Central Valley forward Adriana Haynes said. "We have to beat the easy teams to get there. We're pretty confident."

Central Valley (14-7, 7-2) and Livingston (12-6, 7-2) are vying for the WAC's No. 2 and 3 playoff berths.

"Our goal was to finish in the top three," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We're right there. We should be able to go 10-2."

"I knew we'd have a good season," Haynes said. "We had extra time over the summer to bond and build our team."

Haynes, Mikayla Mabie, Lindsey Alexander, Alyssa Costa and Teresa Diaz started against Pacheco.

Mabie led the Hawks in scoring with 24 points.

Alexander, Haynes and Melissa Afortunado finished with 15, 13 and eight points, respectively.

Costa and Celest Lepe both had six points.

Nicole Munoz added three points.

Central Valley outscored Pacheco 45-15 in the opening half. Mabie tallied 18 points. Haynes, Lepe, Alexander, Costa, Afortunado and Munoz totaled seven, six, five, four, three and two points, respectively.

"Our team work's really good," Haynes stated. "It helps us win games."

"It's been fun," Padilla added. "A lot of work, though. The girls have been getting after it at practice. They'll be excited after this week."

The Hawks need to win one of their final three games to secure a playoff berth.

Central Valley and Ceres High will face off this Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. The crosstown contest will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"I haven't been to playoffs yet," Haynes said. "It will be a good experience for us."