BURBANK — With the graduation of standout Aysia Shellmire, the Burroughs High girls' basketball team is taking time during the summer to adjust to playing without a dominant player in the paint.
For La Cañada, there is a familiar player running its offense this summer. Courtney Chen, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year, is perfecting her game and leading the Spartans before embarking on her senior season in the winter.
Dealing with their separate challenges, the Indians and Spartans met Tuesday in a Burroughs High summer league game. Although the Spartans enjoyed a 10-point lead in the second half, they couldn't hold on to the advantage, as Burroughs surged to send the contest into overtime and pulled out the win when Sidney Ortega drained a three-pointer in the final seconds of a 29-28 victory.
The Indians, who are still adjusting to life without Shellmire, an All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area player, didn't play well in the first half. However, Burroughs stepped up its game in the second half and was able to erase the La Cañada lead.