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JV Hawks start new winning streak
CVgirls defeat CHS, Los Banos
Chetna Kumar and Central Valley High Schools junior-varsity girls basketball team topped Los Banos and Ceres High in Western Athletic Conference play last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team appeared headed for a perfect 12-0 record in Western Athletic Conference play.

Unbeaten, the Hawks had to forfeit their first eight conference wins because of a paperwork snafu.

Central Valley self-reported the unintentional infraction.

"It sucks," Hawks head coach Jode Johnson said. "I found out last Tuesday (Feb. 4). I had no idea. I was told all of her paperwork was filled out and turned in. I feel bad for my girls. They work so hard."

Central Valley has won three straight games since having victories against Patterson, Los Banos, Pacheco, Livingston, Ceres High and El Capitan removed from its WAC win total.

"I'm very happy with how the girls have responded," Johnson said.

Central Valley rallied for a 34-26 win over visiting Los Banos on Feb. 9 in Ceres.

The Hawks trailed 21-17 heading into the final period.

Central Valley's Elizabeth Robinson and Trinity Avila played sparingly in the opening half due to foul trouble.

"We got off to a slow start," Johnson said. "I had a feeling we'd come back. But it could have gone either way. I'm glad they pulled through and ended on a high note."

Robinson tallied a game-high 22 points the Hawks, who improved to 10-12 overall and 3-8 in the WAC standings.

Laiza Diaz totaled four points.

Lupita Becerra and Sunaina Dhillon both scored three points.

Chetna Kumar collected two points.

Central Valley outscored Los Banos 17-5 in the fourth quarter.

"It was fun to watch," Johnson said. "Our defense is our strength."

Host Central Valley survived, 32-29, while battling crosstown-rival Ceres High on Feb. 8.

"It was very competitive from the very beginning until the last second," Johnson said. "They're well-coached and very disciplined. Just like our team."

Robinson scored a team-high nine points for the Hawks.

Avila added eight points.

Becerra and Dhillon contributed six points each.
Diaz tallied two points.

Kumar had one point.

Angelina Ursua led the Bulldogs with a game-high 13 points.

Harmen Bahia, Camryn Silva and Shelby Veuve added eight, five and three points, respectively.

Central Valley led 21-13 at intermission.

The Bulldogs trailed 23-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Ceres High outscored Central Valley 10-9 in the final period.

Dhillon drained a shot from the middle of the key at the buzzer, lifting Central Valley to a 42-41 victory over Ceres High on Jan. 21 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Johnson and Aimee Gunzenhauser (Ceres High's head coach) were varsity teammates for two seasons with the Bulldogs.

"It's fun coaching against your rival," Johnson said. "We're both competitive."