DOWNEY – The CIF Southern Section girls water polo playoff brackets said Downey High had stepped up in competition this year, from Division VI to Division III. The tears that streamed down the Vikings’ faces Thursday, however, said they expected to make yet another long playoff run, regardless of the competition level, and the disappointment was obvious. Downey rallied to tie the game twice, including early in the fourth quarter, but was eliminated from the postseason with a 6-5 loss to Chino Hills. Seniors Stephanie Rosero, Lauren Davis, Karen Aguirre, Amy Mendez and Stephanie and Jackie Lopez were all part of a class that claimed back-to-back Division VI crowns and established the Vikings as a formidable program in Southern California. “This is the end of that (era),” said first-year coach Dani Bell. “To lose (six) seniors and an All-American goalie (Davis) obviously is going to be rough.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chino Hills controlled the tempo throughout the first half and led 4-1 at halftime. Bell felt her team may have been intimidated early, remembering a 12-4 loss to the Huskies earlier in the season. Downey, however, cut the lead to 5-3 after three quarters and tied the game at 5 with 5:38 left in the fourth. Arianna Weisenburger converted on a 6-on-5 advantage with her second goal of the game, capping a 4-1 run. “We finally got in synch mentally (in the second half),” said Bell. “We realized it was a good matchup talent-wise.” But the Huskies scored the game winner on a long pass from the goalie to Jenna Gelet, who beat Davis to the ball and tapped the ball into the open cage. David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318.