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Girls’ Water Polo: Wilson Rolls To Win Over Long Beach Poly

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Zoe Grover scored five goals for Wilson girls’ water polo team on Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Outdoor Pool as the Bruins defeated Long Beach Poly 17-5.

Like many other programs in the area dealing with games being postponed, Wilson had some extended time off that included not being able to attend a big tournament in Santa Barbara that feature many Division 1 teams.

“We’re trying to get back into the swing things,” Wilson coach Barry O’Dea said. “We had some COVID stuff that shut us down for a couple weeks. We’re trying to get back into a rhythm.”

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The Bruins showed no sign of rust Wednesday as they took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first quarter led by two goals from Jermonie Bilingsly.

Bilingsly wasn’t the only Bruin to score as Wilson spread the ball around which led to five different Bruins to find the back of the cage.

“We’re swimming well,” O’Dea said. “We’re getting back in shape. Our counter attack is there. We’re getting lots of looks but we’re missing up passes that are just off.”

After Wilson extended its lead to 7-0, Poly’s Sharon Vargas scored her first of two goals to get the Jackrabbits on the board.

Grover scored three goals to help the Bruins extended their lead to 12-3 at halftime.

“You could really feel the school rivalry today,” Grover said. “It was cool and we’ve really been working to get in a groove and work together.”

Wilson’s Katherine O’Dea chipped in four goals.

The Bruins moved to 2-0 in league play, and travel to Millikan next Wednesday while Poly hosts Lakewood. Wilson is tied for 12th in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, and Millikan is No. 1 in Division 3.

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Matt Simon
Matt Simon has been covering sports since 2013. After graduating from Long Beach State, he has covered sports for multiple publications throughout Southern California.