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Key win for Hawks
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team responded in a big way following its disappointing 51-46 upset loss to Central Catholic.

The Hawks won 46-42 at Los Banos Thursday night.

"We had a great practice the day before," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "The girls got after it. They lost to Central Catholic and didn't like it."

The Hawks (12-5, 3-2) moved into a tie for second place in league with the Tigers (13-7, 3-2). The two teams shared the WAC title last season.

"We got a lot of games left," Padilla said. "I don't think Patterson will go undefeated. We know what we need to do from here on out."

Central Valley junior post player Brittany Martinez collected 18 points and 14 rebounds versus Los Banos.

Senior guard Diana Carmona had 12 points, seven steals and five assists.

Mia Lorenzo, Valerie Olide, Penny Chanthavong and Vivien Fermil scored seven, four, three and two points, respectively.

"Diana played a complete game," Padilla said.

Brianna Harden scored 15 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Tigers.

Jacqueline Arretche added 11 points.

Los Banos sharpshooter Alexis Barcellos tallied just three points.

Central Valley held a slim 16-13 lead at the break. The Hawks and Tigers combined for 20-plus turnovers.

"It was ugly," Padilla said.

Martinez and Carmona combined for 21 points as Central Valley outscored Los Banos 30-29 after intermission. Brittany accounted for 11 of her team's 18 fourth-quarter points. Diana totaled 10 points in the second half.

The Hawks also executed better on offense during the final 16 minutes. Central Valley committed just seven turnovers.

"We protected the ball," Padilla said. "That was huge."

Central Valley enjoyed a productive start against Central Catholic.

Ahead 26-22, the Hawks mustered just eight points in the third period on their way to a disappointing 51-46 loss to the Raiders on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Ceres.

"We were prepared," Carmona said. "After the first quarter, we stopped doing as well. I can't believe we lost. We need to work harder in practice."

Carmona led the Hawks' scoring attack with 15 points.

Martinez, Olide, Fermil, Lorenzo and Cynthia Andrade contributed 10, eight, six, four and two points, respectively.

Amanda Wheeler had one point.

Central Catholic sophomore standout Margaret Gallo collected a game-high 20 points.

Alexia Alegre added nine points.

Carmona, Martinez, Olide and Andrade scored five, four, three and two points, respectively, as the Hawks built a 14-9 lead in the first quarter. Brittany and Valerie dominated inside. Gallo, the Raiders' top player, failed to make a basket.

Central Catholic outscored Central Valley 42-32 during the final three periods, including 17-8 in the opening eight minutes of the second half. Martinez and Olide were limited to a combined 11 points.

"We didn't play well for all four quarters," Carmona said. "We stopped attacking inside. We kept fouling. We didn't make our free throws. It's frustrating because we should have won."

Added Padilla: "Central Catholic didn't even press (on defense)."

Central Valley converted just 13 of its 24 free throws. The Hawks missed five of six foul shots in the final 1:43, including the front end of a one-and-one twice.

Central Valley also committed 19 turnovers.

Central Catholic shot 62 percent (13 of 21) from the charity stripe.

The Hawks played at crosstown-rival Ceres High Tuesday night. The score was unavailable at press time.