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Lady Hawks unbeaten in basketball through nine games
Central Valley High School's frosh-soph girls basketball team added three more victories to its win total.

The Hawks improved to 9-0 on the year after dominating Orestimba, Downey and Pitman last week.

"It's been great," Central Valley head coach Travis Manley said. "We've been working hard at practice. We want to keep building on what we've done so far."

The Hawks handled Orestimba 34-17 on Wednesday in Ceres.

Deja Jackson scored a game-high 18 points.

Mia Lorenzo tallied nine points.

Hannah Baker, Jessica Martinez and Martina Bernal all contributed two points.

Cassandra Maldonado had one point.

The Hawks managed to win by blowout despite competing without Brittany Martinez. The standout post player was promoted to the varsity team.

"I knew the other girls would step up," Manley said.

Central Valley limited the Warriors to just three points in the first half.

"Defensively, we played great," Manley said.

The Hawks downed Downey 43-17 on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Modesto.

Jackson paced Central Valley with 11 points.

Lorenzo added nine points.

Brittany Martinez and Crystal Guzman both netted four points.

Baker, Jessica Martinez and Marcela Sanchez collected two points each.

The Hawks outscored the Knights 17-9 in the first quarter.

Central Valley pounded Pitman 54-35 on Monday, Dec. 20 in Turlock.

Jessica Martinez (16), Brittany Martinez (13) and Lorenzo (12) all scored in double figures for the Hawks.

Catrina Castillo had three points.

Maldonado, Sanchez, Guzman, Jackson and Bernal finished with two points apiece.

The Hawks took control with an 18-5 run in the third quarter.

Central Valley's home tournament, the First Annual New Year's Bash, will be held this week (Dec. 27-29).

Frosh Hawks cruise

Central Valley High School's freshman girls basketball team defeated short-handed Downey 45-16 in non-conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Modesto.

The host Knights competed with no substitutes.

"That was the difference," Hawks head coach Julie Gant said.

Monica Alvarez tallied a game-high 15 points for Central Valley.

Veronica Duarte had 11 points.

Jasmine Henson, Jasmine Evans, Jazareth Valencia and Bianca Alvarez all scored four points.

Alex Martinez collected two points.

Jasmine Bhatti added one point.

"Everyone got to play," Gant said.

The Hawks led 39-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

"Our girls are pretty tough defensively," Gant said. "We need to work on our offense."