COMMERCE – Whittier High School had few problems in disposing of Chino Hills 15-6 in a CIF-Southern Section Division III girls water polo semifinal Friday afternoon at the Commerce Aquatorium. The victory puts the Cardinals into Monday night’s championship finale against Ayala, a 9-5 winner over Temple City in the other semifinal. “They have big girls and their size is a concern,’ Whittier coach Chris Schneider said. “We really focused on our counterattack in practice. We’re concerned about their half-court game.” Campos played a very physical game at the 2-meter set, and turned in perhaps the play of the game when she made a blind, backward pass over her shoulder to get an assist on Rangel’s close-in goal in the fourth quarter. “That was showtime,” assistant coach Lansing Young said with a smile. “She always knows where everybody is.” Whittier was outshot 34-25, but most of Chino Hills’ attempts were from the perimeter as the Cardinals clogged the middle. Whittier improved its record to 22-6; Chino Hills finished with a 24-7 mark. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior goalkeeper Brooke Sovick recorded 11 saves. Chino Hills was led by Amy Moore and Bryce Winton, who had two goals apiece. Nicolle Concialdi made six saves. Before the game, Chino Hills coach Mike Carty expressed concern over Whittier’s counterattack and speed. “They’re small and quick,” Carty said. “The last time we played them, they stole the ball on us and won. If we can control their counterattack, we’ll be OK.” Whittier’s edge in speed over the bigger Griffins was exposed early. The Cardinals jumped to a 5-2 first-quarter advantage and led 10-3 at halftime. It also marks Whittier’s third consecutive trip to the title game. The Cardinals won the championship in 2005 and finished second to Ayala last year. Seniors Lauren Barron had six goals and Mary Ann Campos and Alyssa Rangel had four apiece to lead the way Friday.