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Manteca avenges loss to CV
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Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team secured its first-ever Valley Oak League win in its two-year history when Julie Calderon buried a shot at the buzzer against host Manteca on Jan. 22.

Thursday's showdown wasn't as dramatic. The Buffaloes exacted revenge with a 61-49 victory over the host Hawks.

"Turnovers killed us," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We had 27. Three-quarters of them came in the second half."

Julie Calderon led the 1-9 Hawks with 13 points. Latrisha Jordan had 10 points and 18 rebounds. Phylicia Martinez tallied nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Marissa Cabusas totaled eight points and nine rebounds. Freshman Alyssa Long scored four points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. Whitney Richardson added five points.

Cassie Gause led the 5-5 Buffaloes with 22 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Sharon Washington had 11 points, five steals and four assists. Courtney Freeman tallied six points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Morgan Salsedo chipped in six points.

Manteca shot 67 percent (20-for-30) from the free-throw line for the game. The Hawks shot 25 percent (3-for-12) from the charity stripe.

Manteca outscored Central Valley 14-9 in the opening eight minutes of the second half. The short-handed Hawks tired.

"We came out a little slow in the third quarter. And they came out running," Padilla said. "I'm not deep on the bench so I have to leave girls in there longer than I like."

The Buffaloes couldn't afford lose to the Hawks again. Manteca entered the week at No. 14 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings. The top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs later this month.

"I think we put too much pressure on this game, but we needed to redeem ourselves," said Buffaloes head coach Andrea Hiatt, whose team led 32-24 at the break. "We just had to settle down, hit that first shot and get in groove."

Manteca trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. Calderon had five points for Central Valley, which tallied the first nine points of the game.

Manteca Bulletin contributed to his report.