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Burbank girls' basketball withstands late Glendale push

Burbank Bulldogs build lead and hold off Glendale Nitros in the fourth to notch a Pacific League win.

January 30, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — The Burbank High girls' basketball coaches and players must have thought they were seeing a bad rerun when they faced Glendale on Wednesday in a Pacific League game.

When the teams squared off for the first time earlier this month, the Bulldogs built a late lead only to have to hold off the pesky Nitros down the stretch.

The scenario was the same Wednesday, as Burbank was up by as many as 15 points until Glendale whittled the advantage down to six in the fourth.

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However, as was the case in the first matchup, the Bulldogs were able to hold on for the victory, this time by 12, 55-43.

In the first contest Jan. 14, the Bulldogs came out on top, 39-34.

Burbank (12-12, 8-3 in league) was playing its second straight game without All-CIF Southern Section senior Jamie Gonzalez. Gonzalez suffered a head injury in a league loss Friday to Arcadia and had not been cleared to play as of Wednesday.

“We have a few players in different positions because of other players being out or just coming back,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “That’s why we have some problems on defense sometimes and have problems getting people in the right spots.”

Breeden said Gonzalez has been cleared to play in Friday’s league contest against Muir.

With Gonzalez sidelined, it has forced other players to step up and help carry the Bulldogs. One of those players is Ashley Linda. Linda led all scores, pouring in 16 points.

“We have to step up and get it done even if we’re missing a player,” Linda said. “It is just us coming together and uniting as a team. While she’s out we have to show her that we can get it done.”

Aja Locke added 11 points and 13 rebounds and Courtney Seidler chipped in 10 for Burbank.

The loss is a blow to the Nitros (12-10, 5-6), who are fighting for an automatic playoff spot. Glendale has played well at times this season, evidenced by a 42-38 win earlier against Arcadia, which shares the league lead with Burroughs.

However, Glendale has also struggled with its consistency, and that has led to its share of losses.

“That is our life story — inconsistency,” Glendale Coach Tania Adary said. “We have been battling that from day one. You can’t just come out and score a lot of points one quarter and score a little the next quarter. And we had problems on defense, we just kept handing them the ball over and over.

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