Granite Bay, Woodcreek in all-SFL girls water polo semifinal

Grizzlies boys also advance, but Oakmont and Woodcreek fall
By: Bill Poindexter
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The Sac-Joaquin Section Division II water polo semifinals are set, and one will be an all-Sierra Foothill League affair.
Granite Bay and Woodcreek high schools will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday after the Grizzlies pounded El Camino 11-4 on Tuesday and Woodcreek edged Oakdale 7-6 in overtime at the Roseville Aquatics Center.
The teams have met twice this season with Granite Bay winning both.
“The good thing is, it’s the SFL against the SFL,” Woodcreek coach Grant Guensler said.
The Timberwolves rode their defense, goalie Danielle Deboer and two goals in overtime by Riley Schlaht to a win over Oakdale.
“Five girls scored; that’s my team right now,” Guensler said. “We got a lot of kids that play well, and they work together as a team. They were doing ball-side drives, they were getting open, and they finished some of their shots.”
Guensler pulled a starter who was tired and inserted Samantha Fastiggi, who scored the equalizer in OT.
“She happened to be in the right spot. They fed her the ball,” Guensler said of Fastiggi. “She even told me, ‘I didn’t show if I should shoot it.’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ It was probably the best goal of her season.”
Woodcreek relied on its defense again in the final minute, when the Mustangs failed on two possessions.
“I was really impressed,” Guensler said. “Now we’re in the semifinals of the section, only four teams left, and we’re one of them.”
Granite Bay received six goals from Jessica Hamby, eight steals from Alison Hamby and 13 saves from backup goalie Jessica Northam to beat El Camino.
“The girls are just really excited and pumped, and so that energy kind of comes onto the field, makes it fun to watch,” Grizzlies coach Sarah Norton said.
The Granite Bay boys also made the semifinals with a 13-6 win over Bella Vista, but an all-Roseville semifinal fizzled when Oakmont lost to El Camino 14-8. Robert Cunha led the Grizzlies with three goals. Taylor Nordell’s five goals weren’t enough for Oakmont.
Woodcreek’s boys also lost to bigger, more physical Oakdale 12-8. Jake Jabbora led the Timberwolves with three goals.
“We got within two several times, but every time we did, we’d give up another goal,” Guensler said.

Sac-Joaquin Section Division II water polo playoffs
Quarterfinals at Roseville Aquatics Center
Oakdale 12, Woodcreek 8
Jake Jabbora 3 goals, Matt Kronenberg 2, Devan Hill 2, Eric Silberstein 1.
Granite Bay 13, Bella Vista 6
Granite Bay:
Robert Cunha 3, Elliott Adams 2, Mitchell Kobayashi 2, Andrew Murch 2, Ryan McCallister 1, Max Vigeant 1, Howard McKeon 1, Will Lewis 1.
El Camino 14, Oakmont 8
Taylor Nordell 5, Drew Wixon 2, Nicholas Miller 1.
Other score: Rio Americano 11, Bear River 4.
Woodcreek 7, Oakdale 6 (OT)
Riley Schlaht 3, Samantha Fastiggi 1, Shelby Attwood 1, Meghan Neep 1, Leah Smith 1.
Granite Bay 11, El Camino 4
Granite Bay:
Jessica Hamby 6, Alison Hamby 2, Jerra Hagans 1, Melissa Callaghan 1, Amanda Wirth 1.