Girls water polo: Tahquitz beat Carter on Tuesday, 18-5
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
With just two weeks until winter break, the pressure is on for our local athletes-in-training to perform. The girls’ water polo team at Tahquitz High School felt this pressure on Tuesday, Dec. 11, with the Carter Lions coming in from Rialto to make a “blue” splash in the big “green” pool.
The Titans started this match a little shaky coordination-wise. But in the first quarter of gameplay they scored three points, whereas the Lions didn’t. The Titans scored a very lucky seven points in the second quarter, with Carter finally making it to the big board at literally the last second.
With the score at 10-1, the Lions had a mountain to climb. At the very least they doubled their score to two, while the Titans picked up another three.
In quarter four, the Lions picked up three more points to finish stronger than they began. But the Titans added five, to finish ahead of the Lions 18-5.
Coach Tim Kurdmisto says this game shows that while his Titans are mostly on form, there’s still room to grow: “We’ve been playing really well this year; We came out pretty strong, although the first quarter we could have played a little better. But we kept it up and took care of business today.”
As for their competition, Kurdmisto says his opposition showed grit today: “I thought that they were a quality opponent, they’re ranked in the top ten of Division 7 of CIF.”
The top scorers from Tahquitz were Stephanie Marquez with nine points and Aleeya Moran with four. For Carter, Tiffany Taves floated the most points for Carter, with a mighty two.
The Lady Titans are now 6-1 for the season to date, Carter 2-4. As of press time, the Titans will go downtown to Riverside to drop in on the Norte Vista Lady Braves. Who will brave the waters this time? Who will see red? Who will ensure the chlorine is balanced correctly?