Buchanan High's offense went cold but its defense rarely did as the Bears stayed alive in the Central Section water polo playoffs.
Taylor Smith's day in goal included a block of a third-period penalty shot and nine saves overall as fifth-seeded and defending champion Buchanan edged No. 4 and host Madera 7-6 on Saturday in the Division I quarterfinals.
The Bears reward is a Wednesday semifinal at No. 1 Clovis, which beat No. 9 Central 18-4. The Cougars swept Buchanan in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
Buchanan led Madera 7-4 at one point, but was scoreless for about the final 11 minutes. Smith's rejection of the penalty shot came with 3:44 to go in the third quarter.
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"We just played good defense, but not very effectively on offense," Bears coach Dave Pickford said.
Phillip Clayman led what Pickford said was solid overall team defense against the senior-laden Coyotes, who were paced by Austin Ruggeberg's two goals.
Clovis, attempting to regain the D-I throne that it occupied in 2007 and '08, was led by Chase Lemley's five goals against Central.
No. 2 Clovis West, runner-up to Buchanan last year, received nine goals from Jared Osborn while coasting to a 24-7 win over No. 7 Bullard.
The Golden Eagles will remain home to play No. 3 El Diamante, which received six goals from Craig Ritchie, four from Ryan Murphy and eight saves from Christian Lowe to eliminate No. 6 Clovis East 11-9.
The Miners, elevated from D-II to D-I this year, turned heads early in the season with a 10-9 overtime loss to Clovis in the Visalia Invitational.
Jared Linney scored six goals as No. 2 Memorial edged No. 10 Redwood 18-15.
Austin Stephens had seven goals for Redwood.
Shae Russell's eight goals led top-seeded Clovis North past No. 9 Edison 20-5.
Girls water polo
Two-time defending champion Clovis West, the No. 1 seed playing without two-time Bee Player of the Year and school-record scorer Tristin Baxter for the first time in five years, rolled nonetheless into the D-I semifinals by defeating No. 8 Clovis East 12-4 behind three goals each from Alex Magdaleno and Mary Brooks.
Katy Walker had four saves for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 25-5.
Third-seeded El Diamante escaped 11-8 in overtime to No. 6 Porterville. The Miners will visit No. 2 Clovis, which dominated Central 19-3.
Taylor Nanamura scored five goals and Zoe Taylor had 17 saves for No. 4 Exeter, which led 6-1 after three quarters and held on to win 7-6 over No. 5 Hanford West. Kelsey Hill and Kaelyn Caretto each scored twice for the Huskies.