Division II CIF Semifinals game
Date: Thursday February 23, 2017 @5:45
Location: Coggan Family Aquatic Center Complex, La Jolla
Opponent: Del Norte, Night Hawks (dark caps)
First half: The first two periods were played very intensely as Del Norte took the lead within the first period to have a score of 1-2. Del Norte’s leade took off in the second period, ending with a score of 3-8.
Second half: Coming back into the second half of the game the lady Barons struggled to keep up with Del Nortes lead, resulting in a 7-16 loss
On Feb. 23, the Bonita Vista High school varsity girls’ water polo team ended their undefeated streak with a loss. The girls lost against the Del Norte Night Hawks in the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation at the La Jolla Coggan center, with a score of 16-7.
“We had the potential to win because in the first quarter we were tied. [The score] was evenly matched but we kind of just allowed it to slip away from us,” junior and varsity girls’ water polo co-captain Juliana Pierce said.
The first two periods were intensely played as Del Norte took the lead within the first period to have a score of 2-1. Del Norte had two main players that BVH had a specific defense to shut down, but this did not follow through.
“It was a decent game, I know we were definitely put to the test of how well we work together and how we could shut down their defense. It didn’t work but we tried, I’m just glad that we made it that far and were able to put up a fight [to] at least score some points,” Pierce said.
Del Norte’s lead took off in the second period, ending with a score of 8-3. Pierce attributes this to a few events that happened throughout the game involving positions and strategy.
“The defense we were running was a slide defense but the pool was so wide it was too hard to slide to the people [opponent] in time,” Pierce said. “We had the potential to win because in the first quarter we were tied, it was evenly matched but we kind of just allowed it to slip away from us.”
Expectations were high as they came into the game having gone the farthest of any BVH girls water polo team in twenty years. Del Norte was able to keep up the pressure in the third period outscoring the Lady Barons with 4-2, making the score 12-5.
“The important thing is that they’ve worked so hard as a team, they were [about] 20-0. I don’t know exactly what their record was but it was something like that,” athletic director and physical education teacher Jason Murphy said. “For them that was surprising. To me, [the decision] just comes down to the team [with] their commitment.”
With their streak of wins and the bonds created within the team, the girls are able to take away something from the season. Head coach Betty Alexander played an important role in her efforts throughout all the games the team played.
“Coach Betty does a great job getting the girls motivated. Last week at the game against Poway, coach Betty did such an amazing job getting the girls prepared and getting them fired up. It was a close game [and] she kept them in there and kept them focused,” Heinz said.
Del Norte closed out the game in the fourth period, once again outscoring BVH. The final score of the game was 16-7. Del Norte will face off against West Hills in the next CIF finals.
“We’re all so proud of our girls. To make it all the way to the CIF semifinals isn’t easy and we’re just so proud of them,” Murphy said.
Despite the tough loss, Pierce looks back on the season as a major success.
“We had a fantastic season. We’ve all grown really close. We work really well together and we’re all really good friends,” Pierce said. “For me, the main highlight of the season was being able to hang out with my teammates and being able to go undefeated.”