DOWNEY - The Warren High School girls' water polo team competed in the America's Finest City (AFC) Tournament this past weekend in Coronado and finished in 13th place out of 32 teams competing.The Lady Bears finished the tournament with a 3-2 record and their overall record now stands at 11-9. The Lady Bears currently are 2-0 in league play after defeating an always competitive Cerritos squad on Jan. 17. The Lady Bears defeated Division IV number three-ranked Los Altos 9-8 in their first round game Friday afternoon. The Lady Bears then played Division II number eight-ranked San Clemente Friday evening. The Lady Bears lost this game in a nail-biting, buzzer beater 11-10. Coach Cordero saw glimpses in this game of how well her team could play and was inspired by her team's effort. The Lady Bears then played Long Beach Wilson Saturday morning. Warren lost to the Division II number ten-ranked L.B. Wilson squad 9-3. Coach Cordero conceded that this was not one of her team's better games. The Lady Bears then played and defeated Mira Costa, 8-6. Ironically, Warren had previously lost to Mira Costa by the same score two weeks ago. It was nice for the Lady Bears to win the rematch by the same score they lost by earlier. Warren then played Redlands East Valley, the Division V number three ranked team, in their fifth and final game of the tournament. The Lady Bears avenged another earlier season loss to R.E.V. 15-13 by winning the rematch 6-3. In this game against R.E.V., Alexis Huerta scored a hat trick with all three goals coming in consecutive fashion for the Lady Bears. The first goal was scored with 4:06 left in the third quarter, the second goal was scored with 3:25 left in the third quarter and the last goal was scored with 2:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. Goalies Graciela Salinas and Whitney Pemberton were huge in the cage for Warren by stopping a breakaway shot and Redland East Valley's time out play at the end of the game.
********** Published: January 24, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 41