Grizzlies girls misfire in water polo championship

Rio Americano wins ninth section title in a row
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Granite Bay High School’s girls water polo team had the game plan, and it took plenty of shots.
The Grizzlies just couldn’t find the net in their 9-3 loss to Rio Americano on Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game at the Roseville Aquatics Center.
It’s the third runner-up finish to Rio Americano in four years and second in a row under coach Sarah Norton. The Raiders have won nine section titles in a row.
“I couldn’t know a team better than I know Rio Americano,” Norton said. “Rio plays really well as a cohesive unit. They just work really well together. They play together all year long.”
The score was tied 1-1 after a quarter, and the Grizzlies trailed 4-1 at halftime and 6-2 after three periods.
Granite Bay missed 31 shots, and only Jessica Hamby, Alison Hamby and Rebecca Schmidt scored.
“Our game plan worked,” Norton said. “Our defense worked for the first half. We just couldn’t put our shots away. They just weren’t going in.”
- Staff report