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Varsity Hawks fall
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Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team posted comeback wins against Ceres High, Merced and Pitman in recent weeks.

The Hawks couldn't generate a similar performance against host Casa Roble.

Central Valley lost 44-40 to the Rams on Thursday.

Brittany Martinez tallied a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who dropped to 6-3 in non-conference play. Valerie Olide added eight points. Mia Lorenzo, Diana Carmona and Vivien Fermil all scored six points. Penny Chanthavong had one point.

Central Valley trailed 18-17 at halftime.

The Rams increased their lead to 30-25 in the third quarter.


Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys basketball team won its final game before winter break.

The Hawks defeated Lathrop 52-31 on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in Ceres.

"We needed a good, all-round game to get the confidence up," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We were more under control on offense. We had better passes. We didn't turn the ball over 30 times."

Freshman post player Parker Griffin and sophomore guard Maleek Berry scored a combined 43 points for the Hawks (4-7).

Griffin poured in a game-high 27 points with a variety of shots around the basket.

Berry had 16 points.

"They've been two of our most consistent scorers all year," Rodriguez said. "It makes my job a lot easier."