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Patterson tops Central Valley
Starters Phylicia Martinez and Whitney Richardson missed the first half of Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball game against visiting Patterson on Dec. 11 for missing practice the day before due to illness.

The Hawks rallied when the duo checked into the non-league contest in the third quarter but couldn't complete the comeback in losing 47-24 to the Tigers.

"It would have been a different ball game if we were healthy," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "I think we would have beat them."

Julie Calderon, Central Valley's top player, was limited to five points. She was slowed by the stomach flu.

Teammates Latrisha Jordan and Madalyn Khut scored five points each. Tatiana Rivas added three points. Richardson, Martinez and Marissa Cabusas contributed two points apiece.

Brooke Borba led Patterson with 14 points, including four treys. Shelby Yamamoto, Shavon Furrow and Samantha Kramer scored eight, seven and six points, respectively. Mary Mojica and Michelle Bancroft both chipped in five points. Kaelee Kramer added two points.

The high-spirited play of Martinez and Richardson helped cut a 12-point deficit to one midway through the third quarter. They expended so much energy during the run that they couldn't finish the game.

"They were sick," Padilla said. "Phylicia was nauseated. Whitney had a headache. I had to take them out of the game. I wasn't going to push them."

Patterson outscored Central Valley 18-4 in the fourth quarter. The Hawks' zone defense proved ineffective. "We got tired," said Padilla, whose team dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Junior Varsity

Central Valley High School junior-varsity girls basketball coach Kelly Cole had nothing but positive things to say about her team following its 1-2 showing at the Turlock High School preseason tournament last week.

"They hustle and don't give up," Cole stated. "That's what I love about them. "They'll do very well in league. There's no doubt in my mind."

Central Valley notched its lone victory on Friday, edging Patterson 44-43 in the second round. The Hawks beat the Tigers by 14 points three days earlier.

Gigi Sahota had a team-high 11 points, including two treys, during the second meeting. Tiffany Reeves, Samantha Mustaca and Amanda Lopez totaled 10, six and three points, respectively.