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Burroughs High girls' water polo keeps up pressure in 10-3 win over Hoover

Water polo: Indians hold down Tornadoes in Pacific League regular season finale.

January 30, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Burbank Leader
  • Burroughs High's girls' water polo player Hanna Jung (No. 3) keeps the ball away from Hoover High defender Maggie Amirian (No. 9) during a Pacific League home game on Thursday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
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BURBANK — If the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team wanted to put a positive stamp on their final regular season match in Pacific League play and keep its chances alive for another CIF postseason berth, it had to overcome a visiting Hoover squad that was still looking for an elusive league victory.

Burroughs took care of business against the Tornadoes, smothering them with defensive pressure en route to a 10-3 victory Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve been having issues all season about players letting up on pressure, but this game it stayed together pretty well,” Burroughs first-year coach Mike Singhanate said. “[Hoover] couldn’t really break through, or move or drive, so it seemed to work.”

The Indians (8-13, 3-3 in league) scored three while limiting Hoover to a single goal in the first, second and fourth quarters. Burroughs shut the Tornadoes out in the third quarter, winning that frame with a single goal scored by Cheyenne Morrison. Kailee Groveman led the way with a game-high four goals, including a hat trick in the fourth quarter.

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“Overall, through the whole game, I think our defense was pretty good,” Groveman said. “Our offense picked up when we started running some of our plays.”

Throughout the contest, Hoover (2-10, 0-5) had trouble advancing the ball into the Indians’ side of the pool, struggling against a strong Burroughs press. This repeatedly led to shot-clock violations and quick transition offense for the home team.

“Looking at the shot clock and seeing how much time it has, just judging how much time it has,” Singhanate said of how his squad turned its defensive pressure into offense. “If it’s good to go, just start going back on offense. It definitely worked. I mean, our top row ended up leaving five seconds early every time. It worked out well.”

Indians junior Sofia Piedranita anchored the defense and keyed the offense, finishing with three goals. This included the first score of the contest, which came 46 seconds in on a quick mid-range shot that found the corner of the net.

“I think part of it has to do with my size, but also my strength as well,” Piedranita said of her success versus Hoover. “It’s my job being set; it’s what I’m good at, I guess. It’s what I’m meant to do.”

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