Bulldogs Continue Their March in Basketball

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Burbank High Girls Basketball vs John Burroughs Hi Girls. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High girls’ basketball is proving that its strong showing in the regular season was no fluke.

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The Bulldogs steamrolled host Upland, 62-40, on February 22 to set the stage for a CIF Southern Section Division IA quarterfinal game against Temecula Valley on Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Temecula Valley (14-15 overall) upset No. 5 Diamond Bar, 57-33, creating a match-up few would have predicted when the postseason began. The Bulldogs, unofficially, will make their first quarterfinals appearance in program history Athletic Director Fred Cook calculated. Their coach, Bruce Breeden, will make his first appearance since 2001 when he coached at Crescenta Valley.

Let the dreams of an appearance in the semifinals begin after Burbank came-up with arguably its best all-around effort of the season against Upland with a large cast of players leading the way.

Aja Locke scored 15 points and hauled-in five rebounds, Damarie Gonzalez scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Courtney Seidler added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Sylvia Granados also has a solid all-around game with eight points, seven assists and four steals.

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Upland countered with a game-high 21 points from Ashley Carson, but it wasn’t nearly enough to counter the team-attack of the Bulldogs, who improved to 18-11 on the season and who have now won five of their last six games.

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