Girls Water Polo: PHS too ‘strong’
Porterville tops Strathmore, 20-5
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.”
Porterville High School's Joanna Scheer shoots over Strathmore High School's Hannah Hartsell Wednesday, during the second half at Porterville High School.