Kennedy Peters scored a game-high four goals to lead the San Luis Obispo High girls water polo team to a 9-8 overtime win against Atascadero in a PAC 7 home game on Tuesday.
Tigers coach Kristin Poochigian said the game was vital to her team’s playoff hopes after it had split a pair of matches with Atascadero earlier this season.
“We knew we had to win to even contend for that second spot (in league),” Poochigian said.
After Peters helped force overtime, Kacie Gin scored the lone goal in extra time, and Andie Judson made four of her 15 saves to seal the win.
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The Greyhounds (11-8, 4-3) got two goals apiece from Katie Patterson, Justine Cooper and Erin Hasenkamp, while goalie Lauren Kasenberg made 13 saves.
The Tigers have now taken two of three from Atascadero. All three games between the teams have been decided by one goal.
Kim Bellis scored twice for the Tigers (12-8, 7-2), who also got goals from Chelsea Steiner and Elizabeth Waddell.
“We knew this would be a tough matchup, but everything lined up perfectly and they wanted it so bad,” Poochigian said.
Arroyo Grande 16, Nipomo 5
Arroyo Grande’s Melanie Johnson led the Eagles with four goals in a road win over the Titans.
Kylie Anderson had eight saves for Arroyo Grande (17-1, 7-0 PAC 7), the No. 1-ranked team in Division IV of the CIF-Southern Section, which limited Nipomo to just one goal in the final three quarters.
North County Christian 66, Cuyama 25
Josh Feld scored 26 points and added a game-high 20 rebounds for North County Christian.
The Crusaders (12-8, 6-0 Coast Valley League) led 21-7 after the first quarter and were never threatened.
North County Christian’s Daniel Katches had 15 points, while Joe Honeycutt added 13 and Haustin Morrison scored eight and added 12 rebounds.
Coastal Christian 55, Shandon 41
Curtis Henry had a game-high 25 points, and Stephen Henry added 17 for Coastal Christian.
The Conquerors (4-8, 1-4 CVL) led 19-18 at halftime but scored 36 second-half points to pull away.
Cody Van Boxtel led Shandon with 16 points.
North County Christian 72, Cuyama 37
Cristy Scarson and Brianna Feld each scored a game-high 18 points to lead North County Christian.
The Crusaders (10-5, 4-0 CVL) are ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section Division VI-A poll, led 36-15 at halftime. Kelsey Paulus had a team season-high 20 rebounds and 10 points for North County Christian, while Scarson had 11 of the team’s 34 steals.
Morro Bay 2, Templeton 1
Templeton’s Preston Jones scored the game’s first goal in the 49th minute, but Morro Bay responded 11 minutes later with a penalty-kick goal and the game-winning goal in the final minutes.
Jonah Yamagata made nine saves for the Eagles (1-14, 0-7 Los Padres League).
Templeton 1, Morro Bay 0
Annie Wahler made five saves, and Karly Alfirevic had five shots on goal for Morro Bay (1-7).
Morro Bay 54, Cabrillo 24
Morro Bay’s Jaccob Carlson pinned his opponent in one minute, eight seconds at 119 pounds in the Pirates’ home win.
Wes Hill pinned Eddie Garnica at 152 in 1:10 for Morro Bay (6-0, 4-0 LPL), ranked No. 1 in Division VI of the Southern Section.
Teammate Frank Martinez won a 10-3 decision over Leonard Bunten at 189, and Zac Haworth also won, via pin, at 103.
Mission Prep soccer star Kori Disarufino has committed to Nevada and will be signing with the school on the NCAA’s National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Feb. 3.
Also, Atascadero announced two athletes’ pending signings. The Greyhounds’ Bryce Cherry, this past season’s San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year in baseball, has committed to Point Loma Nazarene.
Meanwhile, classmate Jamie Council, a girls soccer star, has committed to Cal State San Bernardino.
Mission Prep senior football player Kevin Laird was named to the CalHiSports.com small schools all-state second team on defense.
Laird, who recently committed to Cornell, was already a MaxPreps small schools all-state second-team pick as an all-purpose player.
This past season, Laird accomplished the rare feat of leading his team in passing, rushing and receiving yards, and was second in the Central Section in interceptions with 10.