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Tigers claw Lady Hawks 65-31
Central Valley girls team falls to 8-6 overall, 1-1 in the WAC standings
Nicole Munoz, pictured right, and Central Valley had trouble scoring against Ariyanna Cashen and Patterson in WAC play on Jan. 6. The visiting Tigers won, 65-31. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Patterson used its superior height and talent to defeat Central Valley 65-31 in varsity girls basketball on Jan. 6 in Ceres.

"It was a tough matchup," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "They executed better."

Central Valley dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The Tigers (11-3, 3-0) finished first in the WAC the past two seasons.

"Everybody else is playing for second place," Padilla said.

Central Valley's Mikayla Mabie scored a team-high 14 points against Patterson.

Lindsey Alexander, Alyssa Costa and Adriana Haynes tallied seven, six and three points, respectively.

Nicole Munoz had one point.

Ariyanna Cashen (17), Povai Fesili (15) and Danielle Jenkins (12) all scored in double figures for the Tigers.

Central Valley struggled after challenging Patterson in the early going.

"They tried pressing us and we broke it," said Padilla, whose team trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks were outscored 47-16 the rest of the game, including 27-4 in the momentum-swaying second quarter.

The Tigers' superior height advantage proved to be problematic for the Hawks.

Jenkins (6-1), Cashen (5-11) and Povai (5-10) combined to score 44 points.

"We couldn't match up with their size," Padilla said.

Central Valley will face host Pacheco this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Los Banos.