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Strong showing for CV girls
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Central Valley High School's girls summer basketball program tied for fourth place at the First Annual Battle in the Buttes earlier this month.

The 10-team tournament was held at Yuba City High School, July 8-10.

"I like going up there because every team presses on defense," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "That's what we've been working on the past couple weeks at practice. I'm pretty happy with what I saw."

Central Valley compiled a 3-2 record.

The Hawks defeated Gridley 49-32, Yuba City 45-30 and Cosumnes Oaks 48-31.

Central Valley lost 39-36 to Davis and 39-35 to Rio Linda.

Senior guard Diana Carmona rested just once the entire tournament.

"She played almost every minute of every single game," Padilla said.

Mia Lorenzo and Alex Martinez were also major contributors.

Lorenzo started, while Martinez provided a boost off the bench.

Central Valley played five games in three days. Cost was $100.

Fun competitions were staged the last day.

Carmona placed second during the 3-point shooting contest. She scored 15 points in the final round.

"She lost on the last shot," Padilla said. "The other girl made the money ball."

Lorenzo took fifth while representing the Hawks in the point-guard skills challenge, which consisted of shooting, dribbling and passing while cycling through an obstacle course.

"We had a good time," Padilla said.