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KINGSBURG - It was a night of mixed results for the Kingsburg water polo teams against Edison High School on Aug. 29.

The girls won 13-8 and the boys lost 16-4.

In the girls game, Kingsburg and Edison traded scores in the first quarter, but the Vikings ended the period with a 4-3 lead.

In the second quarter, the score was 4-4, but Kingsburg scored unanswered goals to go into a halftime with a 9-4 lead. With a comfortable lead for the Vikings, Edison bounced back and cut Kingsburg’s lead to 11-8.

The Vikings shut down the Tigers in the final quarter and scored two more times to close out the win.

“Our coach gave us a really good speech,” Kingsburg player Mikayla Vierra said. “We realized some of the things we needed to work on like more communication so we can listen to who is asking for the ball. Once we got that down, we started being able to score again.”

Vierra said the team always plays its best during the fourth quarter.

“Toward the end of the game, we’re at our best playing,” Vierra said. “We get that adrenaline rush going through our blood.”

Kingsburg girls head coach Emily Dewey was glad to see her girls pull off a win after a tough third quarter.

“Those quarters are definitely good learning experiences for them,” Dewey said. “Even if you’re ahead by a little bit, things could change so quickly in a water polo game.”

Currently, the girls team is 5-2 on the season and the boys team is 3-1. The loss against Edison was the first of the season for the Kingsburg boys, who came into the game outscoring opponents 48-29.

“Edison came to play,” Vikings boys head coach Grant Garcia said. “They drove us, they out swam us, so I guess it’s back to the pool for us.”

Kingsburg got down early with a 7-1 deficit at halftime. The Vikings were scoreless in the second quarter after getting a goal in the first.

The Kingsburg boys got the second half started with an early goal, but Edison responded with two more goals in the third quarter. The Tigers lead 9-3 at the end of the third quarter.

Edison pulled away in the fourth quarter scoring seven points for a 16-4 victory.

Prior to the game against the Tigers, Garcia said the Vikings had played well on both sides of the ball and had been working as a team. Poor communication was a factor in the team’s loss to Edison, he said.

“Tonight, there wasn’t communication,” Garcia said. “Not a lot of awareness in the pool, so that was kind of something that affected us pretty good.”

Up for the water polo teams is a nonleague road matchup against Redwood High School on Sept. 11. The girls are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. and  the boys will start an hour later.

Then the boys will compete at a tournament at Sunnyside High School on Sept. 14-15. The girls start Central Sequoia League play against Hanford West on Sept. 26.

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Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 559-583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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