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Burroughs' Shellmire is co-league MVP

Burroughs senior was a force in helping lead Indians to share of the Pacific League championship.

March 05, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Aysia Shellmire goes up for a shot past Burbank defender Courtney Seidler on Friday, January 28, 2013.
Burroughs' Aysia Shellmire goes up for a shot past… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

Aysia Shellmire proved her worth with the Burroughs High girls' basketball program this past season.

One needs only to ask Indians Coach Vicky Oganyan how much the senior meant to the team to get a definitive answer.

“Without Aysia, we don't win a league championship. It's that simple,” Oganyan said.

With the 6-foot-1 Shellmire patrolling the post for Burroughs, the team captured a share of the Pacific League championship with Arcadia. It was the Indians' second league title since winning the outright crown in 2011.

Fittingly, players from Burroughs and Arcadia shared the league player of the year honor, as Shellmire and senior Melody Chang were elevated to the top spot.

“I respect her as a player and I respect what they were able to do as a team,” Shellmire said about Chang. “It was a tough battle the two times we played this season.”

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Eight players from Burbank and Burroughs were honored with all-league accolades. Making the first team was sophomore Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs and senior Courtney Seidler of Burbank. Indians junior Sidney Ortega and Bulldogs seniors Jamie Gonzalez and Aja Locke were second-team picks and Burroughs junior Jakarra Waddell and Burbank junior Ashley Linda were honorable mention choices.

In the head-to-head contests, the Indians (23-5, 12-2 in league) lost to the Apaches (23-5, 12-2) in the teams' first meeting, 52-49, on Jan. 16, but captured the second contest, 49-45, on Feb. 5, which clinched a share of the title for Burroughs.

Unfortunately for the Indians, they couldn't carry over that success into the playoffs, as they fell in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A first-round contest to Fountain Valley, 61-57.

Shellmire did a workmanlike job for the Indians all season, as her 16.9 points per game were a team high. In addition, she averaged eight rebounds, 3.7 blocks and two steals a game.

“I feel very privileged to get the honor,” Shellmire said of the co-MVP award. “Being a senior, it was a good way to end my high school basketball career.

“I'm really proud of
my team for even getting a share of the league title. From last year to this
year we improved so much.”

Shellmire, a former All-CIF selection, is the first Burroughs female basketball player to win two league championships in her career.

Del Castillo was a rebounding machine for the Indians, averaging 10.3 a game. She also averaged 5.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals.

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