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Lady Bulldogs roll
Ceres High's varsity girls basketball team continued its dominance over Central Valley, winning for the fifth straight time in the three-year old rivalry last week.

Jode Johnson scored 21 points, sophomore Jamie Beck tallied 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Aimee Gunzenhauser added 11 points to help the Bulldogs beat the Hawks, 58-42, in Valley Oak League play Thursday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"They just dominated," Ceres High head coach Shawna Nunes said. "That's good to see."

Ceres High improved to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the VOL.

Central Valley dropped to 4-14 on the year, including 0-6 in conference play.

Julie Calderon paced the Hawks with a game-high 23 points. Miranda Espinoza and Phylicia Martinez totaled seven and six points, respectively. Whitney Richardson, Samantha Mustaca and Lizette Covarrubias finished with two points each.

The Bulldogs led 32-21 at intermission. Johnson, Gunzenhauser and Beck combined for 29 points in the first half. Johnson had 15. Gunzenhauser and Beck contributed nine and five points, respectively.

"We came out determined to win," Aimee said. 'We hustled, rebounded, played very good defense and cut down our turnovers. It wasn't an easy game."

Central Valley had several players get into foul trouble early and never recovered.

Martinez and Amanda Lopez both picked up their fifth fouls in the fourth quarter. Calderon played the final 10-plus minutes with four fouls. Julie made two 3-pointers and totaled 13 points during that span.

"We put up a fight," she said. "We just need to come more prepared next time. We need to work hard in practice."

The rematch will take place at Central Valley on Feb. 19.

"As the old school, you never want to lose to the new school," Nunes said. "It will happen someday. Hopefully, not when I'm still here."