Davis High girls fall in NorCal title game

ORINDA – The Davis High girls water polo team was looking for a better outcome than its previous meetings with Miramonte High’s squad.

The Blue Devils fought until the very end against Miramonte High in the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Girls Division I Water Polo Championship Game at Miramonte’s Bill Brown Aquatic Center on Saturday. In the end, the Matadors took the game by an 11-4 score.

The undefeated Miramonte Matadors (27-0) defeated Sacred Heart Prep in their regional semifinal game, while Davis (30-4) defeated Soquel in a thrilling contest that went four overtime periods on Nov. 18.

Miramonte High had Davis’ number going into the game. The Blue Devils had three losses in the regular season, all at the hands of the Matadors.

The Blue Devils’ first-ever NorCal regional title game would be the last for seniors Maddie Walker, Lindsay Taylor, Isabelle Meraz, Alyssa Waterson, Kathleen Sheridan and Gia Hertel.

Davis struck first at the 2:58 mark with a goal by Malaya Wright, who led the Blue Devils to victory in their quadruple overtime game on Nov. 18. Miramonte got right back in it with a goal nine seconds later.

The one goal is all Davis would get in the first quarter. In the final two minutes, Miramonte added another two goals to their tally, making the score 3-1 going into the second quarter.

In that quarter, after another goal by the Matadors, Kenzie Walker scored a goal on a penalty shot with 4:20 left on the clock. Miramonte then scored on a penalty shot for a 4-2 score.

With 2:19 left, Walker scored her second goal of the quarter. But 19 seconds later, the Matadors deposited another in the cage. With 1:15 left, Miramonte scored again.

At halftime, the Matadors led the Blue Devils 7-3.

In the third quarter, Davis was held scoreless, while Miramonte added another three goals to its lead.

Going into the final quarter, the Matadors led the Blue Devils 10-3.

The Matadors scored first on a penalty shot. With 1:42 left in the game, Wright fired a shot to the back of the goal, her second of the game.

As the clock ran out, so did the water polo season for both teams. In the end, the Miramonte Matadors captured the title.

“They (Miramonte) are very deep, they’re very skilled, very fast,” said Davis head coach Doug Wright. “We’ve got some depth, we’ve got skill, we’ve got speed; they just have a little more in each category. ”

Walker had two assists in the game for the Blue Devils. Waterson had one assist.

Walker, a goalie, finished the game with 12 saves.

After the game, coach Wright and the team received a plaque and medals to celebrate their successful season and first trip to the NorCal regional title game.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Wright said. “For any team to win 30 games in a season and go to the Regional Finals is an accomplishment. Is it more fun to win than lose? Yes, but we’ve grown a lot. When we lose, we handle it too. I tell them to be gracious losers and gracious winners. It’s about learning, and they’ve come a long way. ”

Looking forward to next season, there are five juniors and eight sophomores on this year’s team. The juniors are Kappa Martin, Hailey Pistochini, Walker, Claire Miller and Malaya Wright. The sophomores are Lucie Lapuz, Leila Meraz, Rylie Johnson, Kyla Cutler, Sam Harris, Ava Portello, Sierra Johnson and Kathryn Myler.

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