Burroughs Is Fourth In Own Tourney; Burbank Finishes Second

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By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High girls’ basketball team (5-4) sparkled at the free-throw line, making 27 of 30, but still lost to Alemany 69-47 in the Gold Division third place game of the Burroughs Tournament on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Burbank (7-2) fell to Brentwood 59-40 in the Silver Division final despite 12 points and seven rebounds from freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan and 12 points from senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan.

On Friday night, hoping to reach the finals, Burroughs struggled as the Indians suffered a 49-41 setback to Granada Hills in a semifinal contest.

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer shined in 49-41 loss to Granada Hills with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Highlanders outscored the Indians in every quarter except the second when Burroughs tallied 10 points to four for Granada Hills.

The Indians hit 16 of 53 shot attempts from the field for 30.1 percent, made four of 12 from the free-throw stripe and was outrebounded 41-24.

“We need to follow the game plan and we didn’t,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We didn’t play well offensively and we didn’t play well defensively. We need to execute and we didn’t.”

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer showed the way with 14 points for the Indians and scored 10 points in the second half.

The next best was senior guard Abbey Ibarra’s eight points, while junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz added seven points.

The Highlanders, who were paced by junior forward Marlene Salazar’s game-high 16 points, led 17-11 after the first quarter. Granada Hills made seven of 13 from the field while the Indians managed five of 14 as Ibarra nailed a three-pointer with four others contributing a hoop including Meltzer.

Burroughs made a dent in the second quarter as Granada Hills (18 of 42 for 42.8 percent) converted two of 11 from the floor. The Indians nailed four of 14 and went into the intermission knotted at 21-21.

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Senior guard Brooke Radcliff goes up for a shot against the Highlanders. Radcliff had six points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior guard Melissa Garcia dropped in all of her four points in the second quarter for the Indians, and senior guard Brooke Radcliff (six points) added two free throws.

Granada Hills, which also saw senior point guard Dayna Takana score 13 points and senior shooting guard Ivy Nyuyen drop in 11, explode for 15 points in the third quarter as Nguyen and Tanaka each drilled a three-pointer.

The Highlanders made four from three-point range on the evening with Tanaka, who had nine points in the second half, chipping in with three.

The Indians were limited to 10 points in the third quarter with Meltzer contributing five points that included a trey and two free throws and Ibarra’s three-point shot that cut the Highlanders’ lead to 34-31 with 1:06 left as Granada Hills called time out.

Granada Hills would take a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter and then nail three of six from the floor and seven of nine from the charity line as Tanaka made five.

Burroughs struggled from the field in the fourth quarter, making four of 16 and one of six from the free-line stripe. Meltzer did have five points in the stanza including a three-pointer.