“We lost a whole lot of talent from last year,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “They were some of our top scorers.
“We are going to be young this season. On top of that, we are going to be inexperienced. I’m just hoping we will be able to come together by the time we hit league.”
The Bulldogs lost standouts Kristin Crawford (10.8 points, 3.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals) and Katie Nelson (10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals), among others, to graduation.
One of the players the team did return is sophomore guard Damarie Gonzalez, whom Breeden said “has improved since last season.”
Also returning are junior point guard Evelyn Abrami and junior shooting guard Lea Andriasian. Sophomore shooting guard Ariane Sadanaga could also see her share of playing time.
Two freshmen whom Breeden has high hopes for are forwards Lysette Perez and Courtney Seidler.
“We have about five girls on our bench who will see a lot of playing time,” Breeden said. “We have been really competitive in practice and the girls have been pushing one another. The starters know if they don’t get the job done, there are girls who are ready to take their place.”
Despite having a young squad, Breeden said he thinks his group will be able to make it to the postseason. In league play, he expects Crescenta Valley and Muir to be the most competitive opponents.
“And us and Burroughs will probably be battling it out like always,” Breeden said.
Unlike Bell-Jeff and Burbank, the Indians (12-16 and tied for third in league) didn’t lose their best player to graduation. And that player is only a junior.
Lisha Elsenbach, a guard, had a tremendous 2008-09 campaign, as she averaged 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists a game.