DAY IN SPORTS: ROYAL FINALLY BEATS AGOURA.
Melissa DiCato scored a game-high four goals as the Royal High of Simi Valley girls' water polo team accomplished what no Marmonte League team has done in five years: defeat Agoura.
The Highlanders upset the Chargers 9-7 on Tuesday at Calabasas High to hand Agoura its first league loss since Newbury Park beat the Chargers in the final league game of 1998.
Agoura (7-3, 2-1), ranked second in Div. IV of the Southern Section, has won five consecutive league titles and is the area's only team to win a Southern Section title in the sport.
Royal (7-2, 4-0) has threatened in recent years, but indicated it was stronger than usual this season by earning a No. 3 ranking in the division.
``It's the year we knew we could come into games and compete,'' Highlanders coach Devin Hurst said. ``They knew they could win - or at least have a chance to win - and they played like they believed that.''
Agoura led 4-2 at the half before Royal took a 7-6 lead in the fourth quarter.
Less than a minute after Agoura tied the score, Sharleanna Richardson scored on a 6-on-5 advantage to give the Highlanders the lead for good with 4:16 remaining.
``It was back and fourth the whole game like we expected it to be,'' Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal said. ``We had a couple of opportunities at the end we didn't put in, and they did on theirs.''
Amy Antonsen scored a team-high two goals for the Chargers, who also had five saves by goalkeeper Nicole Sandefur.
Richardson contributed three goals for the Highlanders.
The victory is Royal's first over the Chargers since the inaugural season of Marmonte play in 1997-98, when Royal finished second and Agoura was third.
The teams meet again Feb. 3 at Rancho Simi Park. However, Agoura faces another tough team right away as the Chargers play Thursday at Thousand Oaks, the division's fourth-ranked team.
OTHER WATER POLO
--Newbury Park 18, Moorpark 8: Visiting Moorpark had no answer for Bridget McKee, who scored eight goals as Newbury Park got a much-needed victory to keep itself in contention in the league race.
A loss would have all but eliminated Newbury Park (7-7, 1-3), which is a game behind Westlake, a 9-3 winner over visiting Calabasas on Tuesday.
Danielle LeFevre 13 saves and Christian Lamb scored three goals and Caroline Galambos, Devon Silver-Hill and Kristen Kerchner each scored twice for host Westlake (5-5, 2-2).
--L.A. Baptist 8, Fillmore 0: Kristy Krohn scored four goals, increasing her total to 23 in 10 games this season, as L.A. Baptist of North Hills (9-1) won at home.
The senior captain has scored 103 goals in her four-year varsity career and said she is receiving recruiting interest from Portland and Cal State Northridge.
``Kristy is very intense. Super tenacious,'' L.A. Baptist coach Gilbert Bautista said. ``She out-quicks people to the ball then makes a beeline to the goal. She has speed you can't teach and that's her biggest asset.''
--Malibu 5, St. Monica 1: Malibu's Teresa Deacy entered the home game with one goal but scored three times, once in the first half and twice after halftime.
--L.A. Baptist 75, Desert Christian 49: Kiki Duffus scored 21 points, Sheldon Sheehy and Allen Walker each scored 11 and Sina Javanmard added 10 as host L.A. Baptist of North Hills (10-6) had all nine of its players score.
The Knights' defense was equally effective, limiting Desert Christian of Lancaster to 17 points in the second and third quarters to extend its lead to 63-29 heading into the final eight minutes.
--Oak Park 57, Chaminade 53: Chaminade of West Hills' Kelly Cochran got the better of Emily Medders statistically, scoring 17 points and adding 12 rebounds in a loss at home.
Medders scored 16 and received help from Nicole Shaver and Amanda Ruland, who added 15 and 10 points, respectively, for Oak Park (9-6).
--Shayan Nabavi (North Hollywood) 16 points, 12 rebs.
--David Updegrove (North Hollywood) 17 points, 8 rebs.
--Royce Elam 17, 12 rebs., 5 stls.,
--Lindsay Sanders (LAB) 25, 5 stls.
--Diana Hernandez (St. Genevieve) 11 points, 13 rebs., 5 blks.
--Royce Elam (Scott Academy) 17 points, 12 rebs., 5 stls.
--Kelly Cochran (Chaminade) 17 points, 12 rebs.
--Starkisha Overby (Scott Academy) 12 points, 7 stls.
--Brittney Armendariz 10 (LAB) 6 stls.
--Jami Quan (Flintridge Prep) 10 points, 10 rebs.
--Eric Maher (Flintridge Prep) 8 saves
--Ivan Leon (ECR) 2 goals
--Kyle Montgomery (ECR) 2 goals
--Kristy Krohn (LAB) 4 goals
--Teresa Deacy (Malibu) 3 goals
GIRLS' WATER POLO
--Bridget McKee (Newbury Park) 8 goals
--Christian Lamb (Westlake) 3 goals
--Juliana Pasos (Louisville) 3 goals
--Danielle LeFevre (Westlake) 13 saves
PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (see text)