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Bulldogs get defensive in rivalry win

Girls' water polo: Burbank notches a shutout for two quarters and Card helps lead team to a playoff berth with win against Indians, 13-2.

February 04, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURROUGHS HIGH — The excitement and pressure to perform at the highest level is only compounded when the contest is a cross-town rivalry game between Burbank and Burroughs ???highs.

That enthusiasm and anticipation was cranked up a notch when the teams met Wednesday afternoon in the Pacific League finale for both teams.

Along with city bragging rights, the winner of the contest would earn a berth into the CIF Southern Section playoffs and get a chance to play for the league tournament championship next week. The loser would miss the playoffs by one spot, and be relegated to playing in consolation matches in the league tourney.

Burbank definitely looked like a team that desperately wanted the final playoff spot, as the Bulldogs came out with a stellar defense that shut out the Indians for the first two quarters. Couple that with a fine effort from Burbank's Jordan Card, and the Bulldogs had themselves a 13-2 victory at Burroughs High.

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The win allowed Burbank (18-7, 4-3 in league) to finish fourth in the final regular-season league standings. Burroughs (9-12, 3-4) placed fifth.

"The girls were pretty calm before the match," Burbank Coach Carlos Pelayo said. "I think they were more excited than nervous. But it was important for us to play well and be able to get the last spot so we could qualify for the playoffs."

While the Bulldogs looked to be clicking in all aspects of their game, the Indians struggled at times on offense and defense. Those struggles were most evident in the first half, as Burbank jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and held a 5-0 advantage at halftime.

The swarming Burbank defense led to Burroughs turnovers, and the Indians had trouble getting any scoring opportunities around the Bulldogs' cage.

"I think when we looked up and saw that we were down, 3-0, that kind of affected us," Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia said. "We had a lot of miscommunication and we didn't play well at all. All season we've been struggling with being inconsistent, and we were very inconsistent today."

Burbank received a big boost from its three seniors — Jordan Card, Danielle Reid and goalkeeper Sarah Tubert.

Card was a terror on offense and defense, as Burroughs tried to double-team her at times. Undaunted, Card tallied a match-high five goals. Incredibly, four of the goals came off four of her own steals. Card ended with seven steals.

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