Girls Water Polo: Bishop’s wins fourth CIF title, Bushman scores 11 goals in 2 games
By Ed Piper
Bishop’s School senior Jill Bushman scored 11 goals in two games, and the Knights won their fourth straight CIF title over the La Jolla High School Vikings, 9-5, in a downpour at Coggan Pool March 1.
In the semifinals, the Knights lacquered Cathedral Catholic 12-4, and the Vikings came from behind to overtake Coronado 7-6 to force the fourth consecutive championship game between the cross-town rivals.
Bushman closed her high school career with a dominating pair of performances, scoring six goals against overmatched Cathedral Catholic High in the semifinals. Then she turned around and deposited five more goals in the CIF Division III final to put it away for the Knights.
Said Bishop’s Hannah Carrillo, after the Knights’ big semifinal win over the Dons Feb. 26: “We really didn’t underestimate them this time. Because of our track record, we’ve always been like, ‘Oh, we’ll win. We won the past three years.’ This year we are just going day-by-day. Right now, I feel like we’re lucky to be where we are now. Not lucky, but it took hard work. You could not just make it up or fake it.”
Scarlett Hallahan of La Jolla High scored the winning goal when they played Coronado in the semis with 19 seconds left. The Vikings came back from down 4-2 in the second quarter to tie at 6-6 with 4:19 left in the match. Hallahan, big all year, threw a lefty shot from her spot on the right side of the goal that went high off goalie Shannon Spence’s third and fourth fingers of her outstretched right hand into the net.
Said Taylor Bertrand, another La Jolla senior: “Scarlett had an amazing game and she held our team together. Coronado was heavily pressing Sarah (Young) and me, and we came to realize that we just needed to attack on offense but most importantly, play great defense.”
Viking goalie Lauren Silver, who had 10 saves, confided, “Weird as it was, I felt extremely calm throughout the entire game. When we were losing by two, I definitely had to regroup and calm myself. But I never doubted my team. Egotistical as it sounds, I couldn’t see our team losing.”
Bishop’s clobbered Cathedral Catholic in the semifinals from the beginning, going up 3-0 in the first quarter. Annie Eldredge opened the scoring. Natalie Chun added two goals in the third and fourth quarters. Natalie Grayson recorded four assists besides her lone goal.
Coach Doug Peabody said after the semifinal win, “Happy for the girls. They stayed with their process. Every team works on conditioning, fundamentals and tactics. (That is the process.)” u
• SemifinalS – Bishop’s (12): Bushman 6, Chun 2, Carrillo 2, Eldredge, Grayson. Cathedral (4): Edwards 2, Brady, Lewis. Saves – Kafka-Asper (B) 13, Edwards (CC) 5, Bell (B) 1.
La Jolla (7): Hallahan 3, Canale 2, Young, Atwell. Coronado (6) – Carolyn Gauvin, Hill, Mackenzie Wiley, Cassidy Wiley, Katie Gauvin, Tyler.
Saves: Silver (LJ) 10, Spence (Coronado) 6, Cuellar (Coronado) 4.
• Finals – La Jolla (5): Bertrand 2, Franke 2, Atwell. Bishop’s (9): Bushman 5, Grayson 2, Chun, Barlow. Saves: Kafka-Asper (B) 3, Silver (LJ) 4.
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