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Blue Devil girls devour Tigers

By November 10, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

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LODI — It\’s really an embarrassment of riches.

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When the Davis High girls water polo team\’s starting lineup plops down in the pool — like before the beginning of Tuesday\’s 18-6 smoking of homestanding Tokay — it\’s like an all-star has just taken position.

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“Our top eight to 10 girls are as good or better than anyone has in the section,” Blue Devil coach Doug Wright admitted after moving into the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals for the 14th time in 15 years.

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“I was very pleased with our spacing, we moved the ball well,” Wright continued. “Everybody got good playing time.”

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Breezing along at 28-1, DHS figured correctly that it would have a giant target on its back in this tournament — but no one is quick enough to stay with the fast-break Devils.

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In two games, Davis has outscored foes, 36-6.

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Tuesday, the locals wasted no time getting on the board. Keelia Houston placed a perfect drop pass to Rachel Brooks, who delivered to an open Elsie Fullerton and, with 27 seconds gone, the Blue Devils led, 1-0.

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In quick succession, Rachel Johnson found Brooks for a second goal, Houston and Brooks worked a give-and-go with Houston finishing and then the senior tied up the Tokay keeper on a penalty shot. Houston hit the cage support on the initial attempt, but crashed and got her rebound home.

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When Houston — who would score six times on the afternoon — tallied off assists from Fullerton and Zoe Malot, Tiger coach Kraig Jorgensen called time, hoping the waves in the pool would settle. They didn\’t.

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Fullerton took Brooks\’ assist home as Wright began to substitute freely.

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Kaitlyn Dawson almost made it 7-0 but was rejected. Houston, however, grabbed the ricochet and did make it 7-0. With 37 seconds left in the first period, Houston\’s fifth goal (assisted by Hannah Levien) took the game out of reach, 8-0.

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Everybody was getting their shots for DHS, but Tokay and the Devils went back and forth with little offense in the second period until Houston banged home her final score of the day.

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Less than two minutes remained before halftime when Monica Smith finally broke through for the Tigers.

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Just to make sure, Wright reloaded at the start of the third period, and two goals by Hailey Wright and one from Fullerton put the bulge at 12-1.

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Tokay scored two goals, but DHS kept pushing: Levien, Michelle Greenough and Fullerton (her fourth) scored within 2:02 of each other. Hailey Wright\’s third goal and Brooks\’ second led up to Heather Johnson\’s grand-finale goal.

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In Thursday\’s semis, the Blue Devils will play Lodi in a 2 p.m. matchup at Tokay High. On Tuesday, the Flames pulled away in the final period and finished as a 12-5 winner over Oak Ridge in a match that was closer than the score indicated.

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Notes: St. Francis and St. Mary\’s also advanced on Tuesday. … Davis, the defending section champion, has won seven CIF crowns, while losing in four other title games. A hometown Tokay crowd of almost 250 was quieted early by the Devils\’ 8-0 first-period explosion. A dozen Tokay students, dressed in leopard capes and made up as jungle cats, only got to celebrate when the Tigers got four late goals. … Lincoln\’s (Stockton) Kelly Leabo scored her 400th career goal in a 10-3 loss to St. Mary\’s.

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