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Burbank High's Sa'Dullah gets share of Pacific League Player of the Year

Basketball: Bulldogs transfer an immediate success; league champ Burroughs notches four honorees.

March 19, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Burbank High's Yazzy Sa'Dullah was named the Pacific League's co-Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/File Photo)
Burbank High's Yazzy Sa'Dullah was named…

After moving from the Las Vegas area last summer, Yazzy Sa’Dullah had little difficulty adjusting to the culture Burbank had to offer.

What she found very appealing was playing for the Burbank High girls’ basketball team. It didn’t take long for Sa’Dullah to make an impression after trying out for the team during the first week of school in August.

After meeting Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden, she made a favorable impression on the Bulldogs following the first practice session.

“We had a five-on-five session and you could see she was quite a player within about five minutes,” Breeden said. “I know she left an impression on the other coaches in the league, too.”

The rest of the Pacific League found out immediately about Sa’Dullah’s talent. She averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.3 steals per contest en route to being named the league’s co-player of the year with Crescenta Valley’s Ella Stepanian, as voted on by the league’s eight coaches.

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Sa’Dullah helped Burbank finish 18-11 and 10-4 in league for third place. The Bulldogs advanced to the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs before falling to Knight.

Though the Bulldogs’ playoff run was cut short, Breeden said they found a standout in the versatile Sa’Dullah on both ends of the court.

“She came in as a point guard and then we had to move her over to small forward and it was a pretty easy transition,” Breeden said. “She helped out in a lot of areas.

“I respect the other coaches acknowledging her like that.”

Sa’Dullah said she was pleased to receive the accolade.

“It means a lot to me to come into a new school and be recognized like that,” said Sa’Dullah, a junior forward. “I adjusted very quickly and it was a great experience.

“Getting this award will mean even more going into my senior year. “

Seven other Burbank-area players were bestowed with league recognition.

Among those named to the first team were Paula Galicia and Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs, which won the league championship and reached the Division I-A quarterfinals. Earning spots on the second team were Jakarra Waddell and Sydney Ortega of Burroughs and Burbank’s Sharis Ghazeri.

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