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Burroughs opens league with victory

January 08, 2011


Burroughs 49, Crescenta Valley 36: The Indians opened Pacific League play Tuesday with an impressive win against the host Falcons.

For the first half, Burroughs (11-3) and Crescenta Valley (7-6) were locked in a tight game. The Indians held a 22-20 halftime lead before playing strong defense and getting some timely baskets in turning back the Falcons, who advanced to the quarterfinals last season for the first time since 2001 with an experienced squad.

Burroughs received big contributions from its senior guard duo of Lisha Elsenbach and Justice Shank. Elsenbach, who entered the contest averaging 18.9 points per game, scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and Shank caused havoc on defense with a game-best eight steals and 13 points.


A three-pointer by Stepanian gave the Falcons an 18-17 lead with 2:17 left in the second quarter. However, Burroughs senior guard Chelsea Rhamdeow made a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Indians a 22-20 halftime advantage.

The Indians limited the Falcons to 16 second-half points, including six in the fourth quarter. Burroughs broke it open when Shank recorded a steal and layup to make it 39-30 with 27.2 seconds left in the third quarter.

Burroughs received 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore center Aysia Shellmire.

The teams will meet again at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at Burroughs.

Charles Rich

Muir 51, Burbank 49: The Bulldogs just missed pulling out a major upset Tuesday in the Pacific League opener at home.

Burbank (7-6) outscored the defending champions, 20-15, in the third quarter to take a 40-38 lead into the fourth quarter.

Burbank received 11 points from Courtney Seidler and a fine all-around game from Evelyn Abrami, who had six points, nine assists, six steals and two blocks.

Providence 53, Yeshiva 34: The Pioneers got off to a productive start in Liberty League play Tuesday with a victory at home.

Providence jumped out to an 11-4 advantage after the first quarter and held a 30-15 lead at the half.

Catherine Saint paced Providence with 12 points. Teammate Rita Khatchadourian chipped in 11 points.


Crescenta Valley 79, Burroughs 46: It was a tough Pacific League opener for the Indians (2-12) Tuesday, as they fell to the Falcons.

Muir 65, Burbank 54: The Bulldogs (9-5) couldn't stop Deshawn Hayes, who scored 29 points Tuesday to lead the Mustangs to the win in the opening Pacific League game for both teams.


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