Stephanie Stern scored a last-second goal to propel the Arroyo Grande High girls water polo team to a 7-6 win over Mission Viejo at the El Niño Cup on Friday.
Briana Lippert made 12 saves for Arroyo Grande, which remained unbeaten in dramatic fashion.
“Briana’s play kept us in the game,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said.
Mission Viejo entered the game ranked eighth in the CIF-Southern Section Division II poll.
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The Eagles (3-0) defeated Redlands 7-1 earlier in the day and will move on to the championship semifinal round at 1:30 p.m. today.
Edison 71, Arroyo Grande 66
At the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament, Arroyo Grande guard Mike Escobedo hit six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points.Fellow guard Matt McAustin added 14 points for the Eagles (6-1), who couldn’t hang on to a 34-24 lead at halftime.
Thousand Oaks 75, Atascadero 47
At the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament, junior guard Troy Norris led the Greyhounds (5-2) with 15 points.
Weston Walker and Sean Slavin each added six points for the Greyhounds, who committed 28 fouls compared to Thousand Oaks’ 16.
Montclair Prep 65, Paso Robles 46
At the Coast Union Tournament, Lonnie Watson was the Bearcats’ leading scorer with 16 points from his guard spot. Forward Cheyne Hayes added 11 points in defeat.
Brandon Todd contributed eight points for Paso Robles, which was doomed by a 6-of-17 free-throw shooting performance and couldn’t capitalize on a 15-11 second-quarter advantage.
Morro Bay 44, North County Christian 35
At the Coast Union Tournament, Luke Holzschuh scored 10 points to lead Morro Bay (2-5).
Caleb Katches had a game-high 11 points, and Josh Feld added 10 for the Crusaders (2-5).
Edward Griley added eight points and a team-high six rebounds for Morro Bay.
Mission Prep 51, Pioneer Valley 29
At the Coast Union Tournament, the Royals had 14 assists on 18 field goals, and had four different players hit 3-pointers in advancing to the semifinals, where they’ll face El Diamante.
“We’ve been pretty balanced,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “When you have 14 assists on 18 baskets, it means your team is willing to share the ball and the open man is going to get it.”
No Pioneer Valley (1-3) players scored in double figures, and the Royals (3-0) had only allowed 14 points after three quarters.“I was happy with the intensity we played with on defense,” Harris said.
Kevin Laird had a team-best 11 points for Mission Prep, while Sam Cowitz added nine.