"At first, I was thinking that I didn't want to see it get blocked," said Ortega, who helped Burroughs improve to 18-6, 10-0 in league and complete a tough two-game season series sweep of Crescenta Valley (17-7, 8-2). "Then I saw the shot go in and I was like, 'Oh, my gosh.'
"It was either make the shot or we go into another overtime. We didn't want to go to another overtime. It's a huge win that we wanted to get."
Crescenta Valley appeared to have things well in hand, building a 40-30 lead on a basket by Alisa Shinn with 5:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, Burroughs mounted a furious comeback bid and outscored Crescenta Valley, 12-2, the remainder of regulation to knot it at 42. Burroughs, which rallied to post a 51-49 home win against Crescenta Valley on Jan. 13, then outscored the Falcons by a 7-4 margin in the four-minute overtime session.
Paula Galicia (14 points) of Burroughs, which shared the league championship with Arcadia last season, made a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to knot it at 42.
Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan, whose team is ranked seventh in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I-A poll, said the Indians were confident with Ortega shooting.
"We were able to run the base line and we found Sidney in the corner," Oganyan said. "She's a real good shooter.
"It's a great win because we really have some tough kids. They can play especially in crunch time and find a way to win."
The Falcons took a 46-44 lead with 1:05 left in overtime on a pair of free throws by Ella Stepanian, who finished with nine points. Burroughs' Jakarra Waddell then made one of two free throws to pull the Indians to within 46-45 with 58.6 seconds remaining before Brooke Radcliff tied it with a free throw.
Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez said the Falcons, who held a 20-14 halftime advantage, couldn't hold off Burroughs.
"We played well for the first three-plus quarters and we have to learn to learn to beat a team we'd been beating most of the game," said Perez, who received 13 points, 12 rebounds and three steals from Shinn and 12 points from Liana Esmaili. "They made a run against us when we had to go to our bench.
"They started to come on late in the third quarter and made some three-pointers. They had a couple of swings and made some shots."