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Guerino guides No. 3 Vaqueros past Hancock, 16-5

Halie Johnson tied her season high with three goals. She's scored three goals in three of the last four games. (Photo by Annie Bower / Sevilla Photography)
Halie Johnson tied her season high with three goals. She's scored three goals in three of the last four games. (Photo by Annie Bower / Sevilla Photography)

Sam Guerino had her best game of the season on Wednesday as No. 3 SBCC knocked off Hancock 16-5 in a WSC women's water polo match at Paul Nelson Pool in Santa Maria.

The Vaqueros, ranked third in the state, improved to 21-3 and 5-0 in the WSC. It was the 21st straight Western State Conference win for the three-time defending champs, who are 31-2 all-time in four seasons.

Emma Fraser paced the Vaqueros with four goals. Halie Johnson added three goals and two assists. Meagan Mckillican also tallied three goals.

Guerino had a season-high three goals and two assists. The freshman from Turlock, Calif., had scored two goals in her first 15 games.

"We played great today and Sam Guerino was outstanding," said coach Chuckie Roth. "The whole team played well and our goalies communicated great. Hancock was well coached but our press defense led to several counters."

The Vaqueros, who led 8-3 at the half, only had six turnovers while forcing 17. Santa Barbara jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter with Fraser and Johnson scoring three apiece.

SBCC will play four games in their Halloween Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Santa Barbara High. They'll host Cerritos on Friday at 4:40 p.m., then play three on Saturday. The Saturday opponents will be Southwestern (9 a.m.), Saddleback (10:15 a.m.) and L.A. Pierce in a WSC contest at 2:10 p.m.

The Vaqueros will get a WSC forfeit win over Santa Monica because the Corsairs were unable to field a team.