Girls Wa­ter Polo: PHS too ‘strong’

Porter­ville tops Strath­more, 20-5

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By NAYIRAH DOSU ndosu@porter­villere­corder.com

The de­fend­ing East Yosemite League and East Se­quoia League girls wa­ter polo cham­pi­ons faced off for the sec­ond time in less than a week and once again it was the EYL cham­pi­ons of Porter­ville High School that came out on top.

Play­ing at home, Porter­ville topped Strath­more 20-5 in Wed­nes­day’s non-league game. On Fri­day at the Han­ford High School tour­na­ment, the Pan­thers (10-4) also de­feated the Spar­tans 13-3 en route to be­com­ing the Han­ford tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons.

“They’re just a lot stronger than we are,” said Strath­more head coach Monty Newkirk about Wed­nes­day’s game. “They have a lot more depth and they’re just strong. And they were just mov­ing our girls ev­ery­where.”

Porter­ville’s Rose­mary Chap­man and Shyanne Rainey were the game’s lead­ing scor­ers with five goals apiece. Chap­man also led the team with six as­sists and had two steals, while Rainey led the team with five steals and two as­sists.

“I was happy with how they played to­gether,” said Porter­ville head coach Lance Hy­der. “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion wise, we were do­ing good there.”

By the end of the first half the Pan­thers had a com­mand­ing 11-3 lead that the Spar­tans could not touch af­ter scor­ing only one goal in each of the sec­ond, third and fourth quar­ters. Scor­ing came quickly and eas­ily for the Pan­thers, but in the first quar­ter they were chal­lenged and held to just five goals.

Led by Rainey and Chap­man, Porter­ville at­tacked quickly with Rainey scor­ing on her first shot in the first minute of the game. In a span of less than 30 sec­onds, Chap­man scored two goals to give the Pan­thers a 3-0 lead with 2:25 left in the first quar­ter.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of a man-up sit­u­a­tion, Strath­more’s Paulina Cemo hit Sa­man­tha Di­eterle for a quick score to cut the lead to 3-1 with 1:33 to go.

In the last minute of the quar­ter, Porter­ville’s Joanna Scheer goal with un­der a minute to go, was an­swered by Strath­more’s Han­nah Hart­sell with 26 sec­onds left. Clos­ing in on Spar­tans goalie Molly Pat­ter­son, Rainey scored the fi­nal goal of the quar­ter with 10 sec­onds to go for the 5-3 lead.

Porter­ville’s Alyssa Bodoh fin­ished with four goals, one steal and one as­sist while Scheer picked up three goals. Al­lie Whit­ten had four steals, three as­sists and one goal while Kaylinn Holter­mann and Sa­van­nah Row­ell, also had one goal apiece in the fourth quar­ter. Goalie Sa­man­tha Rainey made seven saves.

“Two girls scored to­day that [nor­mally don’t score],” said Hy­der about Holter­mann and Row­ell’s goals. “That’s al­ways fun when you see the other girls hook­ing them up, it just makes it more fun as a team.”

Early in the sec­ond quar­ter, Strath­more’s Alec Huth scored sec­onds af­ter a Scheer goal to keep Porter­ville’s lead at 3-goals, but the Pan­thers went on to score five more unan­swered on the way to an 11-3 lead.

Un­able to find an an­swer for the Pan­thers’ of­fense, Strath­more was outscored 4-1 in the third

quar­ter and 5-1 in the fi­nal quar­ter.

The Spar­tans’ Di­eterle and Hart­sell both fin­ished with two goals and one ejec­tion drawn. Huth had one goal while Madi­son Bower had two steals. Kallysta Cox and Paulina Cemo each had one as­sist. Pat­ter­son fin­ished with 14 saves in the cage.

Newkirk said the team is go­ing to con­tinue to work on their de­fense, pass­ing and stay­ing ag­gres­sive all game, but that the game showed how they’ll look come league play.

“We should do re­ally well, we should be able to com­pete with any­body in our league,” he said.

Not get­ting ahead of them­selves, Hy­der said that he’s just hop­ing the team can con­tinue to make progress to­gether and look their best late in the sea­son.

“I just hope that we can keep work­ing to­gether as a team so that we can do our best at the end of the sea­son,” he said. “So what­ever that looks like, what­ever that ends up be­ing, that’s our fo­cus right now.”

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Porter­ville High School's Joanna Scheer shoots over Strath­more High School's Han­nah Hart­sell Wed­nes­day, dur­ing the sec­ond half at Porter­ville High School.

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