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Olide-led Hawks rout Cougars
Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball head coach Jesse Padilla held a brief postgame meeting following the Hawks' 49-25 win over Golden Valley Friday night in Ceres.

"We finally played a complete game," Padilla said. "We played defense and kept our turnovers down. We still have a lot of improvement to do."

Valerie Olide scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Central Valley, which compiled a 9-3 record during the preseason.

Melinda Camarillo added 12 points and five boards off the bench.

Brittany Martinez, Mia Lorenzo and Catrina Castillo chipped in with seven, five and four points, respectively.

Diana Carmona, Vivien Fermil and Amanda Wheeler all contributed two points.

"We got a good mix of players this year," Olide said.

Valerie missed the 2010-11 campaign due to poor grades. The Hawks made history last season by securing their first league title and playoff berth.

"I was happy for everybody," Olide said. "They did something. I'm glad I was able to come back this year. I wasn't going to let my team down again."

The Hawks executed flawlessly on both ends of the floor against the Cougars.

Central Valley outscored Golden Valley 28-9 in the first and fourth periods.

Camarillo's bank shot from straightaway gave the Hawks a 42-22 lead midway through the final quarter. "It's our last preseason game," Olide said. "We really wanted to win. All of us played hard."

The Hawks will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week. Central Valley faces Livingston (Jan. 3) and Patterson (Thursday) on the road.

"We're ready," Padilla said.