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JV Hawks limit Bulldogs to five points after intermission
Central Valley High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team surprisingly found itself in a tight game with Ceres High last week.

Down 15-13 at halftime, head coach Kevin Dupree and his Hawk players didn't push the panic button.

"We just talked about what we needed to do," Hawks standout Lynaya Lerma said. "He (coach) was trying to motivate us."

Heavily-favored Central Valley responded with a dominant performance in the second half, limiting the Bulldogs to just five total points.

The Hawks defended their home court with a 33-20 win over their crosstown rivals on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Central Valley's Lindsay Alexander led all scorers with 11 points.

Lerma and Jewel Miranda contributed 10 and six points, respectively.

Melissa Afortunado, Princess Pe and Rochelle Styles chipped in with two points apiece.

Perla Vargas tallied a team-high 10 points for Ceres High.

Karina Ceja and Valerie Hamilton added eight and two points, respectively.

Bulldog standouts Kinsey Ward and Cameron Diaz were held scoreless.

"We played together," Lerma said.

Ceres High outscored Central Valley 10-7 in the first quarter on its way to building a 15-13 lead in the opening half. Vargas and Ceja totaled seven and six points, respectively.

Unable to slow down the Hawks in the second half, the Bulldogs surrendered 20 points. Lerma, Alexander Miranda and Pe finished with seven, six, five and two points, respectively.

Central Valley pulled away on the strength of a 13-3 run in the fourth quarter.

Miranda, a former Bulldog, had five points.

Alexander and Lerma both collected four points.

"This is our house and we didn't want to lose," Lynaya said.