Redlands dominates Norco in first round of playoffs

first_imgREDLANDS – It wasn’t really a walk in the park for the Redlands girls water polo team. It was more like a leisurely swim in the lake. “We were able to play a lot of different people and work on some things,” Redlands coach Matt Fry said. “But we didn’t get exactly what we wanted. We weren’t executing our front-court offense. All of our goals were coming in transition.” Brooke Vessey led Redlands (21-7) with six goals, Sharon Dyer had five, Doris Tran four and Emily Haws three. Also chipping in for the Terriers were Danielle Adams, Ariel Lovett and Carly Miller with two goals each and Stacey Triche with one. Celestina Hudson scored Norco’s only goal. It was going to be a tough challenge for Norco regardless of the situation, but things really didn’t fall into place for the Cougars under sunny skies at Redlands East Valley High School. To begin with, coach Cindy Robinson was attending a funeral and could not make the match, assistant coach Charlie Holderman said. Also, the Cougars were elevated from D6 to D5 just last year and have just one returning senior, Bethie Conlan, on their roster. The Terriers overwhelmed Norco 25-1 on Thursday in a CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff opener. As far as the Terriers were concerned, it was a decent tune-up, one to work on a few fundamentals and strategies before the real challenges arise. center_img “It was a tough match,” Holderman said. “Redlands is really good. I think they’re going to do well in CIF.” The Terriers are ranked third in CIF, behind Murrieta Valley and Corona Santiago. The Citrus Belt League champs have played Santiago twice, splitting the matches. “I think we have a good shot at making the finals,” Fry said. Redlands will play the winner of Thursday’s Temescal Canyon vs. Montclair match on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. DIVISION III Chino Hills 6, Downey 5 Amy Moore and Bryce Winton each scored two goals as the Huskies (26-5) slipped past the Cougars in the first round. Chino Hills advances to the second round for the first time since 2004. Senior Nicole Concialdi had seven saves in the victory for Chino Hills, which plays host to Arlington on Tuesday at Ayala. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more