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Inderkum whizzes past CV lady cagers
Hawks fall in opening round of Division-III playoffs
Central Valleys varsity girls basketball team compiled an 18-8 overall record under head coach Jesse Padillas guidance this season.

Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team accomplished both of its goals this year.

The Hawks finished in the top three in the Western Athletic Conference and qualified for the playoffs.

"They worked well together," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said.

Inderkum ended visiting Central Valley's season this past week.

The second-seeded Tigers defeated the No. 15 Hawks 65-30 on Feb. 24 in Sacramento.

"Just making it there was a positive for us," Padilla said.

Central Valley fell behind 37-18 in the opening half, including 19-8 in the first period.

The Tigers outscored the Hawks 28-12 during the final 16 minutes.

"We could have played better," Padilla said. "We ran out of gas. They had more bodies. We only had eight girls."

Central Valley missed the playoffs the previous two seasons.

The Hawks compiled an 18-8 overall record and finished in second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (10-2) this year.

Inderkum (24-4, 11-1 Tri-County Conference) lost 54-49 to Florin in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

"We started off the season with 12 girls and ended up with eight," Padilla said. "It was a learning experience for everybody. I'm pretty excited about next year. We only lose two players. Hopefully, we get back to playoffs."