BURBANK HIGH — The Burbank High girls' basketball coaches and players were unaware of the added significance that Friday's cross-town rivalry game against Burroughs held.
A short time before the Bulldogs took on the visiting Indians in a Pacific League game, undefeated Muir lost its first league contest of the season to Pasadena. That meant Burbank, which came into Friday's game with one league loss, could grab a share of the league lead with a win.
Although it was a struggle, Burbank overcame a six-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to earn a 37-34 win at home.
The victory allows the Bulldogs (12-8, 6-1 in league) to share top league placement with Muir (14-4, 6-1), which fell to host Pasadena, 36-34.
"This is the first time we've been in first place since we were 3-1 in the old Foothill League after upsetting [Canyon Country] Canyon," Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. "And that was probably six or seven years ago. But the girls know we've still got a lot of work to do and we have to prepare for Monday [against Pasadena]."