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CV girls hoops squad compiles 4-1 record following season-opening loss to Enochs
Senior Mia Lorenzo scores inside during the Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball teams 53-25 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game thumping of visiting Turlock Christian on Dec. 2. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team lost by blowout, 61-34, to Enochs on Nov. 30.

The Hawks won four of five games this past week.

Central Valley amassed a 2-1 record while finishing in third place at the 19th Annual Lady Cougar Classic at Golden Valley.

"It was a good tournament for us," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We got to play against teams we don't usually see."

The Hawks posted a 47-33 win over the host Cougars on Saturday to claim hardware.

"Nothing big," Padilla said while describing the size of the trophy his team brought home from Merced.

Mia Lorenzo had 15 points, four assists, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks for Central Valley, which built a 28-13 lead in the first half.

Casey McCloskey added 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block.
Melissa Afortunado totaled five points, three steals and one rebound.

Central Valley lost 60-21 to Enochs on Friday.

Tamara Uti paced the Hawks with six points.

Mireiyah Pelayo scored four points.

Lorenzo, Ali Martinez and Lindsey Alexander all collected three points.

Central Valley bested Golden Valley 44-31 on Thursday.

McCloskey had a team-high 10 points, to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.

Bianca Zuniga tallied eight points, five rebounds and one steal.

Uti totaled seven points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist.

Lorenzo added two points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Hawks led 39-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Central Valley outscored Golden Valley 27-12 in the middle periods.

Central Valley defeated host Pitman 52-32 on Dec. 3 and visiting Turlock Christian 53-25 on Dec. 2.

The result for the Central Valley-Turlock Christian contest does not count towards team standings. It was a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game.

"I pretty much know who the starters are going to be," Padilla said. "I'm trying to figure out who's going to come off the bench for depth."