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Lady Hawks, Bulldogs finish in top 4 at Turlock Christian Invitational
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team faced a familiar opponent during the third-place game of the Turlock Christian 7UP Invitational.

Crosstown-rival Ceres High nearly upset the defending Western Athletic Conference champion Hawks last Saturday.

Central Valley took control late on its way to posting a 44-37 victory over the Bulldogs.

"It was a close game," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We just protected the ball better in the fourth quarter. We got the ball inside to Valerie Olide and Brittany Martinez. We hit our free throws. The girls decided to finally play."

Martinez had 12 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and two assists for Central Valley, which outscored Ceres High 15-6 in the decisive period. Olide tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. All-tournament selection Diana Carmona collected 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mia Lorenzo added five points, seven rebounds, four steals and one assist.

Ceres High junior/all-tourney pick Bryce Ford scored a game-high 20 points. Ashton Frampton, Jessica Ellsworth and Laura Story chipped in with nine, six and two points, respectively.

"Ceres High did great," Padilla said.

The Hawks improved their all-time record versus the Bulldogs to 3-8. Central Valley's won the last three meetings.

"It would have given Ceres High a lot of confidence had they beaten us," Padilla said.

The Hawks won two of three games at the Turlock Christian tournament.

Central Valley routed Gustine 58-10 in the opening round.

Lorenzo led the Hawks with 10 points, nine steals, six assists and one rebound.

Carmona had 12 points, three assists and two rebounds.

Martinez totaled 11 points, six rebounds, five steals and one block.

Geena Wade contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist.

The Hawks lost 79-51 to eventual-champion Turlock Christian on Friday.

Carmona scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds and registered three steals.

Lorenzo collected six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Martinez had six points and 10 rebounds.

Ceres High finished fourth with a 1-2 mark at the 7UP tourney.

Ford poured in a game-high 26 points, Frampton drained three treys while totaling 11 points and Ellsworth added six points as the Bulldogs rolled to a 51-24 win over Orestimba on Thursday.

Ceres High challenged Patterson for a quarter on Friday before suffering a 44-15 loss.

Ford mustered just seven points.

Ellsworth and Allison Gunter scored five and three points, respectively.

The Bulldogs trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Ceres High (3-2) will stage the Ceres Lions Tournament at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Central Valley (5-2) will play host to Pitman this Friday at 7:30 p.m.