KINGSBURG — Down 6-3, the Kingsburg girls water polo team rallied back against Selma High School for an 8-6 win at home on Oct. 9.
Kingsburg was down three points at halftime before the Vikings outscored the Bears 5-0 in the second half.
“That was something else,” Kingsburg head coach Emily Dewey said. “We talked at halftime and I just pointed out that it didn’t look like we wanted to play in that first half. It looked just kind of slow, just not aggressive at all. So that’s what our talk was at halftime.”
The victory extended the Vikings’ winning streak in Central Sequoia League play to 14 games dating back to last season.
“Going into our second round [of league play], I’m hoping to keep that up,” Dewey said. “As the season goes on, it’s always harder to keep everyone in high spirits to keep playing so well.”
Selma head coach Harold Wood said his team got “over confident” in the first half.
“It started out right,” Wood said. “They made some adjustments, we didn’t and that’s the bottom line.”
The Bears got off to a good start leading their rival 4-1 at the end of the first quarter. Audrie Narnajo, Claire Machado, Abi Baker and Julianna Colado all scored in the quarter for Selma.
In the second quarter, the Bears extended their lead to 6-3 with two goals from Brooke Machado.
In the second half, Sofia Righetti (two) and Jessica Burch-Konda scored goals for the Vikings.
Selma was held scoreless throughout the second half and scores from Burch-Konda and Megan Buendia extended Kingsburg’s lead.
Righetti had a team-high three goals for the Vikings while Buendia and Burch-Konda were second on the team at two. Jillian Gipson also scored a goal for Kingsburg.
“They have a couple of really good players and they made adjustments to what we were doing,” Wood said about the Vikings. “Unfortunately, the stuff that we practice to cover for that, we weren’t doing it. So in the second half, we just kind of sat and watched. They were spectators and they weren’t playing.”
Wood said the youth and inexperience of the team showed during key moments of the game especially during the second half when they struggled to get the ball into the net.
“They’re just not ready yet to step up and do what needs to be done,” Wood said. “It just takes time. I’m not totally disappointed, yeah I would’ve liked to win it, but I understand that we’re young and our youngsters were the ones that needed to step up and they weren’t up for it today.”
Kingsburg is 16-7 overall and 4-0 in CSL play this season. The Bears are 11-8 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Vikings currently have a half-game lead over Selma for first place in the CSL standings.
The Bears defeated Kingsburg 9-4 at a tournament at Sunnyside High School on Oct. 6.
When the two rival squads meet again on Oct. 25, the two teams could be playing for a league title, which is something Wood is looking forward to.
“We’ll see,” Wood said. “If we beat them there, it could be our league.”
Up next, Selma will compete at a tournament at Madera High School on Oct. 19-20. The Bears will continue CSL play at Hanford West on Oct. 23.
As for Kingsburg, the Vikings will play at Dinuba on Oct. 18. The Vikings will then host its final home game of the season against Exeter on Oct. 23.
Boys water polo
After the girls game, the Kingsburg boys dominated Selma in a 15-5 win to improve to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Selma dropped 3-15 overall and 0-5 in league play.
“Just out swim them, that was kind of our game plan,” Vikings assistant coach Myer Hanson said. “No one can hang in the pool with us when we start swimming.”
Selma’s final two games will include a road game at Hanford West on Oct. 23 and a home matchup against Kingsburg two days later. The Vikings will play at Dinuba on Oct. 17 before heading to Selma for the regular season finale.