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Hornets beat Puyallup in overtime, take home 7th place at State

Enumclaw's Girls Water Polo Team beat the Puyallup Vikings 10-9 in overtime in the third round of the State tournament. The win gave the Hornets claim to seventh place in the State.

The Vikings scored first, less than a minute into the game, on a penalty shot by Puyallup sophomore Jordan Brain. Puyallup added two more goals before Lindsay Bowden scored on an Enumclaw penalty shot, ending the first quarter with a 3-1 Hornet deficit.

Enumclaw added three more in the second period, on goals by Bowden, Tianna Hogan, and Amber Morris, narrowing the Viking lead, and going to the halftime break trailing 6-5. Both teams added a goal in the third period, but the Hornets scored two in the fourth quarter, and held Puyallup to a single goal, to end regulation time with a 7-7 tie.

The Hornets scored in their first possession of overtime, on a power play goal by Kelsey Brazier, but Puyallup tied the score a minute later, on a goal by Emma Englund. Hogan scored again for the Hornets, with 14 seconds left in the first overtime, to give Enumcaw a 9-8 advantage entering the second overtime period. Puyallup's Brain scored again midway through the second overtime to tie the score at 9-9, and push the game into sudden death.

Two minutes into the sudden death period, Enumclaw's Erin Stucker took off on a fast break; with a defender closing on her from behind, and the Viking goalkeeper charging her from the front, Stucker managed to maintain control of the ball and put it in the right corner for the game winning goal.

Scoring for Enumclaw in the final game of the season were senior Tianna Hogan, with three goals; seniors Amber Morris and Kelsey Brazier, with a goal each; junior Lindsay Bowden, with four scores; and sophomore Erin Stucker with one.