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Hawks moving forward
CV using summer to learn plays, develop chemistry
Dolores Uti and Central Valley High School competed against Downey and Sonora during Modesto Junior College Summer League play on June 27. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's girls basketball program is moving forward without star point guard/Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player Mikayla Mabie, who graduated in June.

"She was a talented player," said Adriana Haynes, Mabie's teammate for the past two seasons.

Haynes and Central Valley's summer hoops squad defeated Downey 36-17 at the Modesto Junior College Summer League on June 27.

The Hawks lost by double digits to the Sonora Wildcats.

Central Valley posted a combined record of 0-13 at the Sacramento State and Chico State camps.

"It's definitely been a struggle for us," Haynes said. "This is my first time playing with this group of girls. We have a young team. We'll get better."

The Hawks' summer roster features a mix of veterans and newcomers.

Haynes, Adria Robinson, Blanca Espinoza, Alexis Contreras and Rosie Duarte are varsity returners.

Lupita Becerra, Sunaina Dhillon and Chetna Kumar contributed at the junior-varsity level during the 2015-16 school year.

Dolores Uti and Dream Miranda played for Central Valley in the past.

Uti suited up for the Hawks' JV team in 2014-15.

Miranda was a member of Central Valley's freshman squad in 2013-14.

Seniors-to-be Haynes, Robinson and Espinoza have taken on leadership roles on this year's team.

Adriana contributed at forward her junior year.

She earned first-team all-WAC honors.

Haynes averaged 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game off the bench.

Robinson, a center/forward, averaged 8.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Espinoza, a reserve guard, averaged 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.

"I didn't have to say anything the last two years," Haynes said. "Now, I have to show other players what to do. I like it. My job is to make sure everybody is doing their job."

Mabie's production and leadership will be missed during the 2016-17 season.

Mikayla averaged 13.9 points, 10.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record, a share of the WAC championships (11-1) and their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

"We have to build up chemistry and trust with each other," said Haynes, a third-year varsity player. "It's going to take some time. We have a lot of growing to do."