The Tournament of Champions water polo event may be hosted by Santa Barbara High, but San Marcos is the area school making the run at the tournament’s championship round.
The Royals scored a pair of wins against Orange County squads on Friday afternoon to reach today’s semifinal round, beating Mater Dei 14-4 before edging out Corona del Mar 7-6 in overtime.
Riley Christen made 11 saves in goal for San Marcos against Corona del Mar, while Megan Musick found the net with four seconds left in regulation to score the equalizer.
Cassidy Miller scored the eventual game-winner on a penalty shot in the second overtime period, on a setup orchestrated byFiona Kuesis.
Tournament host Santa Barbara split its two games, beating Mater Dei 10-9 in overtime before losing to Corona del Mar 12-2.
Juju Martinez scored five goals for the Dons in the Mater Dei match, with Abigail Hendrix scoring her fourth of the match in overtime for the win.
Dos Pueblos also split its two matches, beating Los Alamitos 11-4 before losing to Laguna Beach 10-6. Anna Cable made 15 combined saves, while Bella Godlis had two goals in each match.
San Marcos faces Orange Lutheran today at 12:15 p.m. in the semifinals, while Dos Pueblos aims for the fifth-place game with a 9 a.m. start against Newport Harbor; Santa Barbara faces either Santa Margarita or Huntington Beach today at 12:15 p.m.
SANTA YNEZ 15, CARPINTERIA 3
The Warriors dropped to 3-3 overall with a non-league home loss to the Pirates.
GRACE BRETHREN 62, LAGUNA BLANCA 57
Ty Trosky had 16 points, four rebounds and three steals while shaking off the flu in a losing effort against the Lancers.
Devin Hernandez added 18 points and six blocks in the loss, while Kyle Aitcheson had 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
THACHER 59, CATE 32
The Rams suffered their first Frontier League loss with a defeat to the Toads, dropping to 2-1 in league (7-2 overall).
Ethan Ng led Cate with seven points, while Mason Oetgen and Sebastian Richardson had six points each.
Jesse Vannewkirk led Thacher (6-6, 1-2) with a game-high 16 points, while Skylar Nova had 14 points.
Cate travels to Grace Brethren on Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA 74,
BISHOP DIEGO 39
Connor Streett and Kai Morphy had 11 points each for the Cardinals in a Tri-Valley League loss to the Saints.
Christian Oliver led Santa Clara with 21 points.
A hot-shooting Antelope Valley was too much for SBCC in tournament action, as the Vaqueros fell 87-66 in Moorpark.
Antelope Valley shot at a 60 percent clip in the second half, mainly coming in a 24-7 run early in the fourth quarter. Malaiya Patton had four 3-pointers as part of her 23 points for the Marauders (5-12).
Aaliyah Pauling has 16 points for SBCC (12-5), which snapped a four-game win streak.
SBCC is off until it opens Western State Conference North Division play on Jan. 19th at Ventura.
PEPPERDINE 3, UCSB 1
Matt Ujcik had a team-high 14 kills for the Gauchos (3-2) in a non-conference 25-17, 28-30, 25-18, 25-23 loss to the Waves in Malibu.
Brandon Hicks added 10 kills in the loss for UCSB, while Randy DeWeese dished out 34 assists.