The Edison and Fountain Valley girls' water polo teams got a jump start on the rest of the local teams in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, which began this week, by playing Division 1 wild-card games Tuesday.
And both the Chargers and Barons won to extend their seasons.
Edison hosted Northwood at the Ocean View High pool and pulled away in the second half to score a 15-6 victory over the Timberwolves. Fountain Valley, meanwhile, was a 9-4 winner over host Esperanza at Valencia (Placentia) High.
Edison broke away from a 4-3 halftime lead on Northwood by outscoring the Timberwolves, 11-3, over the final two quarters.
"We started the game a little sluggish on the offensive end, but our coaching staff kept reminding the girls that while our offense was struggling to make shots, our defense could not afford to let down," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "Our halftime talk was simple. Even though we were missing our shots in the first half, we wanted them to continue to shoot the ball because it was just a matter of time and the balls would find the back of the net.