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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Burbank able to down Glendale, 45-42, in league.

January 09, 2010|By Jeff Tully

GLENDALE — Looking for their first Pacific League victories, the Glendale High and Burbank girls’ basketball teams were embroiled in a tight battle through three quarters Friday.

While both squads took turns holding the lead, neither the Nitros nor Bulldogs could generate much breathing room through the first three stanzas.

However, that changed in the fourth, when Glendale went cold and Burbank was able to finally take advantage of a host of opportunities.

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As a result, the Bulldogs held on for a 45-42 victory.

“We didn’t play well in that fourth quarter for sure,” said Glendale Coach Tania Adary, whose team was outscored, 10-5, in the fourth quarter after leading, 37-35, after three quarters. “But a lot of that was because of the Burbank pressure.”

Burbank (6-8, 1-1 in league) fields a young team that features just one senior and three juniors. Although the squad is still learning, Coach Bruce Breeden said his group has been progressing throughout the season.

“We do things well at times, and then we fall into some bad habits at other times,” he said. “But that’s just because we’re just so young.”

The Bulldogs received a fine performance from sophomore Damarie Gonzalez, who scored a game-high 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds and three steals.

After Burbank took a 13-11 lead after one quarter, the Nitros (5-7, 0-2) grabbed the advantage in the second quarter and held it until just over four minutes remained in the game.

Shannon Ainian hit a basket with 4:21 left to give Burbank a 41-39 lead and teammate Evelyn Abrami followed up with a bucket to put the visitors up by four.

Glendale’s Keasha Luna scored to cut the advantage to two, 43-41. That was followed by a free throw by Luna with 8.1 seconds left to make it a one-point game.

Burbank added to the lead with two free throws by Ainian with 4.5 seconds left.

The Nitros had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds on a three- pointer, but the shot was blocked.

Glendale was led by Nina Sahakian, who had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Serah Mirzaeian added 10 points.


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