PASADENA — Fresh off a rivalry win Friday against Muir High, the Pasadena girls' basketball team looked to Monday's game against Burbank as another step in its quest to put itself in position to vie for a Pacific League championship.
But that effort was dealt a big blow even before tip-off against the visiting Bulldogs.
Earlier in the day, Pasadena learned it would be forced to forfeit three league games because of the use of an ineligible player.
In a statement released by Adam Wolfson, director of communications and community engagement for the Pasadena Unified School District, it revealed that Pasadena would have to forfeit three wins: Jan. 6 against Burroughs, Jan. 9 against Glendale and Friday against the Mustangs.
"After investigating the academic progress of our athletes, it was discovered that a player on the Pasadena High School girls' varsity basketball team was academically ineligible from [Dec. 23, 2011] to the present," the statement read. "Because of this discovery, PHS will be forfeiting the wins in the … league games that this player played in."