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Burroughs girls' basketball ends perfect league campaign by upending Burbank

Basketball: League-champion Indians jump out to early lead and turn back Bulldogs, 58-47, at home.

February 13, 2014|By Micky Shaked, Special to the Leader
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK — The only thing standing in the way of a perfect Pacific League season for the Burroughs High girls' basketball team was one opponent.

PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Burbank league girls' basketball

However, that opponent was cross-town rival Burbank, which narrowly lost to the Indians by one point in the teams' first meeting in January.

But there was no late-game heroics needed by Burroughs on Thursday, as it secured that perfect campaign by defeating the Bulldogs on its home floor, 58-47, in the final game of the regular season.

It was the second straight title for Burroughs (22-6, 14-0 in league), which shared the title with Arcadia last season. Burbank (18-10, 10-4) finishes third in league behind runner-up Crescenta Valley (20-8, 11-3),

Not since Jan. 21 had the Indians played in front of their home crowd, reeling off seven straight road wins as part of a 14-game winning streak that swelled to 15 with the win over their rivals.

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The rivalry game unfolded very differently than the 36-35 nailbiter Burroughs pulled out at Burbank less than a month ago.

The itch to give their fans something to cheer about became evident early on as the Indians jumped out to an 8-2 lead before two minutes came off the clock.

"We came out with a lot of energy," Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. "We haven't played at home in seven games and the kids were pumped up all day. We had a pep rally, so for them to come out and play in front of their fans again I think it pumped them up."

Six Indians put their names on the score sheet en route to a 26-7 first-quarter advantage. Senior Sidney Ortega paced the team with a three three-pointers and a pair of free throws for 11 first-half points. She finished with a game-high 18.

"The game was going our way and it only bumped up the pressure that much more," Ortega said of her hot shooting.

Though the game didn't play out according to Burbank's normal script, Burroughs put together another balanced effort with three players — Ortega, Brooke Radcliff (14 points) and Davina Del Castillo (10 points) — reaching double figures.

While the Indians came out firing, the Bulldogs struggled to find any rhythm against Oganyan's full-court press. The visitors managed just three baskets in the first quarter and went on several scoring droughts throughout the first half.

"We weren't ready to play," Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. "They wanted to go undefeated, they just came out and played harder than us."

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