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Burroughs basketball falls short in CIF opener

Girls' basketball: Burroughs fights way back to tie score late, but loses in playoff game against Fountain Valley, 61-57.

February 16, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — Trailing by 12 points with just an eight-minute fourth quarter to try and salvage its season, the Burroughs High girls' basketball team was running out of time.

Poor shooting over the course of the first three quarters had put the Indians in a hole Saturday night in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A first-round contest against Fountain Valley. Faced with the mortality of their season, the Indians chose to fight.

Burroughs was able to battle back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to tie the score in the fourth. However, sharing the lead would be as close as the Indians would come, as the Barons hit two clutch three-pointers down the stretch to hand Burroughs a 61-57 loss in front of its home crowd.

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The loss ends a season that saw the Indians (23-5) earn a share of the Pacific League championship.

"The loss doesn't take away from what they were able to accomplish this season," Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. "We were pretty inconsistent throughout the season and to win a league title is a great accomplishment."

That inconsistency was evident in the first half of the game for the eighth-seeded Indians against Fountain Valley (12-15), which advanced to the postseason as an at-large team out of the Sunset League. Burroughs struggled from the floor over the course of the first two quarters, as the team struggled to stay in the game.

Burroughs converted just five of 35 shots from the field in the first half and was 20 of 70 in the game.

"I don't know if it's because we're young that we had so much trouble with our shooting," Oganyan said. "We obviously didn't make the plays that we should have. Sometimes I just don't know what it is with this team.

"But this team has never quit, no matter what. And they didn't quit tonight."

The Indians did receive a solid effort from senior Aysia Shellmire, who had 24 points — 21 in the second half — to go along with eight rebounds. Teammate Sidney Ortega added 14 points, Jakarra Waddell had 10 rebounds and Davina Del Castillo contributed 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Things got off to a good start for Burroughs, as it began the game on a 5-0 run following a three-point play by Ortega and another bucket by the junior at the 6:23 mark. But following that rally run, the Indians' offense went sour.

"After we went ahead 5-0, we were just missing layups left and right," Oganyan said.

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