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Run helps do in Tribe

Girls' basketball: Loss leaves Burroughs fighting for playoff spot.

February 03, 2012|BY JEFF MANN, Special to the Leader

ARCADIA — Sometimes, one good scoring run is all a team needs to win. On Friday night, the Arcadia High girls' basketball team did just that.

The Apaches went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter and never looked back, en route to a 42-28 home victory over the Burroughs.

The victory for Arcadia (15-7, 8-4 in league) puts it in a good position to grab one of the four Pacific League playoff spots. Meanwhile, Burroughs (10-15, 5-7) has a bit of work to qualify for the postseason. The Indians hope to secure victories in their final two games in order to nab that final spot and finish in fourth place.

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Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan talked about the second quarter scoring run by the Apaches.

"That's kind of typical of our young team," Oganyan said. "We sometimes go through three- or four-minute stretches where we tend to get flustered."

The Indians did receive solid performances from junior Aysia Shellmire and senior April Harris. The players combined for 24 of the team's 28 points. Unfortunately, the scoring output for the dynamic duo was overmatched by a balanced attack of the Apaches.

Shellmire, who scored a team-high 17 points, also added 12 rebounds and continually altered Arcadia shots down low.

Despite the outcome, Oganyan stressed one positive from her team's performance; she was pleased with the effort she saw from her players.

"I thought we played hard as usual, we just didn't have a good game," she said. "We didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't rebound well, but it wasn't because we didn't play hard."

The Indians' rebounding miscues led to several second-chance points for the Apaches. Eight Arcadia baskets came after the team grabbed an offensive rebound.

The Arcadia scoring attack was led by junior Melody Chang, who had a team-high 17 points. Senior Heather Young added eight points and senior Christine Lai scored six for the home team.

The Indians' final game is scheduled for Thursday against Burbank.

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