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Sa'Dullah leads Burbank High girls' basketball past Crescenta Valley

Basketball: Junior has huge game in propelling Bulldogs to overtime win over Falcons.

February 05, 2014|By Emin Avakian, Special to the Burbank Leader

LA CRESCENTA — Sparked and backed by an unconscious first-quarter shooting display from its junior guard, the Burbank High girls’ basketball team notched a huge Pacific League victory against host Crescenta Valley on Wednesday.

Yassemeen Sa’Dullah connected on five of her seven three-pointers in the opening frame and scored 17 of her game-high 32 points to set the tone for the Bulldogs in a 50-47 overtime win over the Falcons.

PHOTOS: Sa’Dullah sets tone for Burbank win over Crescenta Valley

Sa’Dullah’s opportunities to score were fewer thereafter, as the Falcons defense switched to a man-to-man from a 2-3 zone and bottled her up as best as it could, with Samantha Lamb as the primary defender, but Sa’Dullah took matters into her hands again late and scored seven of the team’s nine overtime points to secure the victory.

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“I was definitely in the zone,” Sa’Dullah said. “We’ve been preparing for this game and came out prepared and confident.

“I knew I had to close it out.”

Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez was displeased with his team’s defense to start the game, which gave Sa’Dullah good looks from behind the arc. Burbank’s moving offense allowed the 5-foot-7 guard to hit two from the right wing, one from the opposite wing, one from the left corner and one from the top of the key.

“It’s pretty simple — we run a 2-3 zone and our players cover shooters,” said Perez, whose team dropped to 17-8 overall and 8-3 in league play. “Today, we couldn’t find their best player. We came out with a lack of focus and let one player beat us.”

Burbank’s win is its fourth in a row and has the team tied for second in the Pacific League standings with Crescenta Valley, which has lost its last two, both in overtime.

“What a team effort,” said an ecstatic Bulldogs Coach Bruce Breeden. “Everybody did what was asked of them and we showed up and played. Yazzy was huge in the first half, but it takes five plus the bench.”

After leading, 19-10, at the end of the first quarter, Burbank (16-9, 8-3) was able to maintain the advantage until late in the fourth quarter, when Lamb made two clutch free throws and sealed a frantic 13-0 run to send the game into overtime.

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