Burroughs Girls Water Polo Can’t Find Answers, Lose To Crescenta Valley, 18-8

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High Coach Jacob Cook had an inkling that Thursday’s Pacific League girls’ water polo championship match was going to be tough to win.

What the No. 2 seeded Indians faced was a team that has now claimed seven straight league titles after being routed by Crescenta Valley 18-8 at Burbank High.

The top-seeded Falcons (25-4 and 8-0 in league) were never threatened and were paced by six goals from freshman Alexandra Garas and five from senior Audrey Taylor.

Crescenta Valley was coming off a 23-6 blitz of Glendale while the Indians (14-9 and 6-2 in league) easily ripped through Arcadia.

The CIF Southern Section playoffs begin this week and the seeds will be announced on Sunday.

The Falcons led 5-0 after the first quarter when Garas, who had 15 goals in two tournament games, and Esma Dollaku each scoring two goals while Taylor added one.

Crescenta Valley’s lead expanded to 8-0 before sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez, who had three goals, found the back of the goal for the Indians that made it 8-1.

From this point, Burroughs outscored the Falcons 5-3 with sophomore driver Gwen Turla, who chimed in with a team-best four goals, scoring just before the half as the Indians trailed 11-6.

The Falcons scored five goals in the third quarter and forged a 16-6 advantage before the Indians scored two goals in the fourth quarter, including one from junior driver Dominique Silva.

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