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Lady Hawks continue their dominance versus Ceres High
Brittany Martinez and her Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball teammates contained their excitement following last week's domination of crosstown-rival Ceres High.

The Hawks outplayed the Bulldogs in every quarter and rolled to a 42-22 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It always feels great beating them," Martinez said.

Central Valley notched its fourth straight win versus Ceres High.

The defending Western Athletic Conference champion Hawks (13-5, 4-2) remained in a tie for second place with Los Banos in the 2011-12 standings. The two teams trailed first-place Patterson (16-4, 6-0) by two games as of last Wednesday.

The Bulldogs dropped to 2-4 in the WAC.

"It's hard because everyone's going after you," Brittany said. "You have the target on your back. There's a lot of pressure. We can't afford to lose anymore games. We have to continue to play hard."

Martinez collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Central Valley also received contributions from Diana Carmona, Vivien Fermil, Valerie Olide, Amanda Wheeler, Mia Lorenzo and Penny Chanthavong.

Carmon tallied 10 points, seven assists and six steals.

Vivien Fermil had five points, two assists and one block.

Valerie Olide and Amanda Wheeler chipped in with four points each.

Mia Lorenzo totaled three points, four steals and three assists.

Penny Chanthavong added two points.

Ceres High star Bryce Ford mustered just eight points against Central Valley. Frampton and Jessica Ellsworth both scored five points. Allison Gunter added three points. Breanna Freitas had one point.

Ford, the WAC's MVP a season ago, played sparingly in the second half due to a coach's decision.

The Hawks led 16-9 at intermission.

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 26-13 in the second half.

The Bulldogs failed to score in double figures in every quarter. Ceres High shot less than 20 percent from the field.

The Hawks edged the Bulldogs 44-37 for third place at the Turlock Christian 7UP Invitational in December. Ford tallied 20 points in defeat.

"Last time we played them, it was really close," Frampton said. "I don't know what happened tonight. We were pumped up and ready to play. You always want to beat your rivals. We'll bounce back next game. We just need everybody to do their job."

Central Valley lost eight straight games to Ceres High before winning the crosstown series 2-0 this past season. The Hawks will vie for their fifth consecutive win against the Bulldogs on Feb. 16 at Central Valley.

"It's always exciting playing them," Martinez said. "I feel blessed to be on this side."