Burbank girls' basketball overcomes slow start to win tournament game

Basketball: Bulldogs come on in second half and down Monroe, 52-32, to earn pool-play victory in Burroughs tourney.

December 10, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge

BURBANK — After Burbank High opened the girls' basketball season with a second-place finish in the San Marino Tournament two weeks ago, the Bulldogs were off to face new competition as they began pool-play in the Burroughs Magnolia Park Optimist Club Tournament against James Monroe High.

Burbank began play Tuesday in the tournament's three-team Pool B against city-section foe Monroe in the small gym at Burroughs. Things went well for the Bulldogs, who doubled their halftime advantage on the way to a 52-32 win.

"I'm a little disappointed that we started slow, but we've had 10 days off and not a lot of practice time," Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. "I thought in the second half we did really well. We shared the ball really well, got a lot of assists. Overall, early in the season, we've got some things to work on, but I'm pleased."


Burbank (4-1) led, 22-12, at half before putting the pedal down in the third, tallying 21 points in the quarter. In the third, the Bulldogs saw their advantage swell to 23 by repeatedly turning defense into quick offense.

"When our defense is really good, we get our steals and go faster, and faster, and faster," Bulldog Sharis Ghazeri said. "That is basically our game."

The Bulldogs led, 43-25, at the end of the quarter, with Samantha Ainian scoring seven of her nine points in the stanza. The senior also led her squad with 10 rebounds.

Burbank increased its advantage to 27 midway through the final quarter before Monroe (2-4) scored the final seven points of the contest.

The first quarter saw both teams struggle on offense, with the exception of Bulldog Yassemeen Sa'Dullah. The guard, who is new to Burbank after transferring in from Cuesta, used her dribble to create offense for herself and her teammates. The junior made half of her team's field goals in the quarter for seven points, while also assisting on two more field goals. The Vikings scored a single field goal to trail, 13-2, after one.

"I think any coach would appreciate a transfer like [Sa'Dullah]," Breeden said. "First day of school the young lady shows up and says she wants to play basketball. The second day she shows she can play ball. It's really nice. That's exciting. She's really helped the team."

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