NEWPORT BEACH — The ball rarely touched the water as the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team passed it along the perimeter early, waiting for the right opportunity.
First junior Maddy McLaren buried a shot from about seven meters, then senior Catherine Carpenter scored bar-in from about eight.
Even unplanned plays were working. As the first quarter drew to a close, senior Mary Rose Wight found the corner of the net from mid-tank.
Everyone got into the action as the Sailors posted perhaps one of their most impressive wins of the season, 14-5, over El Toro on Saturday morning at Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor looked like a well-oiled machine in its last nonleague game before the biggest week of the regular season.
"We came out really hard," said senior Kailyn Obenauer, who helped the Sailors, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section coaches' poll, put the game away in the third quarter.