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Elsenbach enjoying the moment

High-scoring Burroughs senior doesn't want run to stop at historic league title win

February 13, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Lisha Elsenbach, right, goes up for a shot.
Burroughs' Lisha Elsenbach, right, goes up for… (Roger Wilson, Burbank…)

Lisha Elsenbach helped lead her Burroughs High girls' basketball team to an accomplishment no other squad in program history was able to accomplish in more than three decades — capturing a league championship.

The senior and her Indians accomplished that feat Tuesday, easily defeating Hoover to clinch the outright Pacific League title, the program's first in 33 years.

But a day after the monumental milestone, Elsenbach had not allowed herself to sit back and relish the moment, or even let herself contemplate the gravity of the championship. Instead, she had something else on her mind.

"It doesn't really feel like we won it yet, because we still have a game to play," Elsenbach said Wednesday. "After we win on Thursday, then I'll be able to enjoy it."

That Thursday matchup was a game against cross-town rival Burbank, the Pacific League finale for both teams. Burroughs took care of business, handily defeating the Bulldogs, 44-24.

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With the regular season over, Elsenbach could finally savor the Burroughs championship.

"It feels really good, because it's something that we've been working on for a long time," Elsenbach said. "This is something that we really wanted."

Helping her team to a league crown is just one in along list of accomplishments for Elsenbach this season with the Indians. In fact, the senior has become one of the most prolific players in school history.

Burroughs (23-5, 13-1 in league) — tied for fourth in this week's CIF Southern Section Division II-AA poll — set a record for wins in a season with the victory against Burbank.

A multi-talented athlete who can play a variety of positions, Elsenbach is as valuable of a threat on defense as she is on offense. Against the Bulldogs on Thursday, she had nine steals.

"I really like to play tough defense," she said. "We are a defensive team, and if we don't play good defense then we're probably not going to win."

But it is on offense where Elsenbach has shined brightest.

She is second on the all-time Burroughs career scoring list with 1,241 points, trailing only Gracie Coronado (1,327). In addition, she's 10 assists shy of the single-season assists record of 102 set by Tulyah Gaines.

This season, Elsenbach has scored in double figures in 26 of 28 of Burroughs' games and led the league in scoring average with 27 points a game. She also averages 3.9 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game.

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