Sports Roundup: Flintridge Sacred Heart water polo falls in OT of CIF first-rounder

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

Santa Ana Valley 5, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 3 (OT): The Tologs saw their most successful season come to a close after falling on the road Wednesday to fourth-seeded Santa Ana Valley in a CIF Southern Section Division V first-round match.

Santa Ana Valley (23-7) got two goals in the first half of the six-minute overtime.

Flintridge Sacred Heart (15-15), which finished fourth in the Mission League, held a 3-1 halftime lead after goals from Emily Gray, Zoe Drobenko and Sarah Peterson. Santa Ana Valley, the Orange League champion, held the Tologs scoreless the remainder of the match, which was 20-plus minutes.

The teams were tied at 3 entering the fourth quarter.

“We did everything we possibly could,” Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Carlos Ponce said. “We tried to get through that fourth quarter and overtime as best we could and I’m proud of the way we played overall.

“I think we have a program that’s definitely heading in the right direction.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

La Sierra 62, St. Francis 51: St. Francis fell on the road Wednesday in a CIF Southern Section Division III-AA first-round contest.

The Golden Knights (14-13) trailed, 46-41, entering the fourth quarter but couldn’t overtake La Sierra (20-7).

“They had the lead the whole time throughout the game,” said St. Francis second-year Coach Todd Wolfson, whose team received an at-large berth after a fifth-place finish in the Mission League. “We were trading punches with them. We’d get it down to two [points] and then they’d go back up six.

“We’re happy with our season and we like the direction we are heading.”

St. Francis got 16 points from Joey Walsh, nine from Sean Stephen and seven from Andre Henry.

La Sierra won the River Valley League title. It will play at Burbank in a second-round game Friday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Glendale Community College 81, L.A. Valley College 63: Host Glendale posted a Western State Conference East Division victory Wednesday. The Vaqueros improved to 13-13, 3-6 in the division.

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