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Bouncing Back in a Big Way

Fighting back from injury, Burroughs High forward Kourtney Zilbert made a strong return and was voted All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year

April 28, 2007

Kourtney Zilbert felt she had something to prove her senior year at Burroughs High.

After an unfulfilled junior season in which she was still hobbled and recovering from a knee injury, Zilbert was intent on coming back and making an impact in her final season with the Indians girls' basketball program.

Because many college scouts and coaches primarily recruit players on what they accomplished during their junior seasons, Zilbert was afraid she had missed her chance to showcase her skills.


"I know that coaches look at players more for what they do their junior years," Zilbert said. "And because I was coming back from my knee injury, I couldn't play my best.

"So, as a senior, I wanted to work hard and sort of prove to everyone that I can play, and that I've come back from my injury."

Zilbert proved to be almost unstoppable for Burroughs this past season. She showcased her skills as a shooter, torching the nets with a skilled outside shot, while also driving to the basket with fearless abandon.

She also proved to be a skilled rebounder. Despite being 5 feet 7, Zilbert had some monstrous rebounding games, often getting the best of much bigger opponents.

Her play helped the Indians thrive, setting a record for wins in a season with 22.

It is because of her exploits that Zilbert has been named the 2007 Girls' Basketball All-Area Player of the Year by the writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La CaƱada Valley Sun and Crescenta Valley Sun.

Zlibert's success this past season came about because of the forward's drive to improve her game and her tireless work to rehabilitate a right knee that had to be surgically repaired after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament prior to her junior season.

Along with working on her knee, Zilbert also spent her time away from the court in the weight room getting stronger.

"For her size, Kourtney is one of the strongest players I have seen," Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. "She is also very dedicated and she has the drive to accomplish what she wants to do. That's why she was able to come back so strongly after hurting her knee."

Zilbert was even amazed at how far she was able to come back from the injury.

"I didn't even think that I was going to be able to come back and do the things I used to do before I got injured," Zilbert said. "But I just worked hard and tried to do all I could to come back strong."

She did indeed.

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