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JV Hawks extend their unbeaten streak in basketball
CV girls improve to 3-1 on the year
Nicole Munoz and Central Valleys junior-varsity girls basketball team defeated Johansen and Atwater this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity girls basketball squad won in different fashion last week.

The Hawks pounded Johansen and battled Atwater.

"We have a pretty good team," Central Valley head coach Kevin Dupree said. "I'm trying to make them mentally stronger. The only way you can play better is learning from your mistakes."

The Hawks extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 46-36 win over host Atwater on Wednesday.

Central Valley managed to post a double-digit victory over the Falcons despite making just 19 of 46 free throws.

Jadah Jackson tallied a team-high nine points.

Alyssa Costa added eight points.

Teresa Diaz and Celest Lepe chipped in with seven points each.

Simi Sahota, Angelika Pe and Nicole Munoz collected six, four and three points, respectively.

Sophia Kumar had one point.

The Hawks held a slim 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Central Valley outscored Atwater 38-29 the rest of the game.

"We started running our full-court press and they turned the ball over more," Dupree said. "We got to the foul line more."

Central Valley shut out Johansen in the first half and coasted to a 39-8 on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Ceres.

Diaz paced the Hawks with six points.
Jackson, Pe and Krystal Perez finished with five points apiece.

Lepe and Munoz both scored four points.

Kumar and Else Smith scored three points each.

Sahota (two points) and Darian Robinson (two points) contributed as well.

Central Valley outscored Johansen 28-0 in the first half.

"We forced a lot of turnovers and made a lot of layups," Dupree said. "I'd rather have games that are close. You learn more."

Central Valley improved to 3-1 on the year.

"I play all 11 of my girls," Dupree said. "It's a competition at practice. I expect a lot from them."

The Hawks will play in the Golden Valley Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Merced.

"I believe we can win any game we play," Dupree said. "I'm not being cocky. These girls can be pretty good if they put their minds to it."