The Redondo girls end league play by defeating Mira Costa

The shortened high school water polo season was played at a high-speed, frenetic pace this season, but for seniors like Mira Costa’s Jake Carter, any action was better than none.

“It was a lot of fun,” Carter said. “It was really hard getting in shape and getting ready for it, but I just wanted one more season with my friends.”

Carter and the Mustangs put the final punctuation on the Bay League portion of its one-month schedule with a 10-6 road win over Redondo on Wednesday.

Carter and Kai Scarlett scored two goals apiece to lead the Mustangs in the win.

“At times it was looking like we wouldn’t have a season, but our coaches kept us motivated,” Carter said.

Mira Costa will conclude the regular season with games at Harvard-Westlake on Thursday and Long Beach Wilson on Saturday.

“These guys have been playing together since they were freshmen,” Mira Costa coach Jon Reichardt said. “Only missing one guy from that senior group and they’ve been getting better year after year and we had a really good team this year.”

The Mustangs have wondered about what might have been if this had been a normal season.  Last season, the Mustangs advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals. With a strong senior class returning, Reichardt felt this could have been a special year.

“I honestly think that if we had CIF (playoffs) this year, we would be in the top four in Division 1,” Reichardt said. “I really believe that.

“It bums us out because we know the potential of this group because we saw it last year. But then again, you have to be grateful for what we got. We got to play three weeks, we got to play 12 games in three weeks, so we got something out of it and I’m stoked for that.”

Mira Costa led throughout the game. Carter and Scarlett scored their two goals in the first period, putting the Mustangs ahead 5-2.

“These are pretty much all of my best friends and it’s been easy to bond with them,” Carter said. “Our chemistry, we’ve all played with each other since we were super little, so it’s been there.”

Brad Vogelsong and Riley Pierce had two goals apiece for the Sea Hawks.

Redondo girls edge Mira Costa 

The Sea Hawks defeated the Mustangs 11-10 in the final league game for both girls teams.

Kennedy East scored five goals and had eight steals and Celina Moreno had five assists for Redondo.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Redondo coach Shelby Haroldson said. “It’s been crazy, having three weeks of games and practices and coming off of not having anything really. We weren’t really conditioning prior to this. It’s been interesting, but I’m glad the girls got some sort of season.”

Redondo led 8-7 heading into the fourth. With 3:03 left, Maiken Pardon scored for Mira Costa to make it 10-9. Approximately a minute later East scored to seal the game for Redondo.

“They were excited to get the opportunity to have a season, even if it was so short,” Haroldson said. “They handle it well. We took this as it was, we were thankful to play.”

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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