Magnolia Park Optimist Girls Basketball Tournament Recap

By On December 17, 2013

Davina Del Castillo

Davina Del Castillo drives to the basket and ultimately scores against HW (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

With Pacific League action looming in the distance, the Burroughs and Burbank girls’ basketball teams competed in the annual Magnolia Park Optimist Tournament hosted by JBHS this past week.

Yazzy Sa’Dullah

Yazzy Sa’Dullah has been a great addition for the Bulldogs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Both teams got off to solid starts with Burroughs defeating Monrovia, 80-15, and Golden Valley, 65-58, while Burbank knocked off Monroe, 52-32, and Granada Hills, 41-37.

In the championship quarterfinals, the two cross-town rivals suffered losses that sent them into the fifth place consolation bracket. Burroughs lost to Canyon at the buzzer, 40-38, and Burbank succumbed to Brentwood, 64-53.

Facing two of the better programs in the area, Burroughs and Burbank each showed flashes of excellent basketball only to falter in crucial moments. Playing against these strong teams will prepare the Indians and Bulldogs for Pacific League action beginning in the New Year.

Harvard-Westlake 76 Burroughs 63

The Lady Indians matched up against perennial power Harvard-Westlake of the Mission League. The Wolverines jumped out to a 12-3 lead and a 23-15 first quarter advantage. Back-to-back baskets by Delany Nicol and Davina Del Castillo helped trim the deficit to 39-36 heading into halftime.

Coach Vicky Oganyan instructs her team (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Coach Vicky Oganyan instructs her team (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Del Castillo’s breakaway layup gave the Indians their first lead, 43-41, early in the third quarter. Burroughs increased its lead to 48-43 before Harvard-Westlake responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 50-48.

HW took a 53-50 lead into the fourth quarter and held a slim lead when a Nicol’s layup followed by two free throws from Sidney Ortega gave Burroughs a 62-61 lead with 3:05 remaining.

In a matter of seconds, the Wolverines took control of the contest outscoring the Indians, 15-1, down the stretch to win, 76-63. HW finished the game on an 11-0 run.

Del Castillo scored 15 points in the defeat while Jakarra Waddell added 10 points. Ortega finished with nine points.

Burroughs closed out the tournament with a 46-45 loss to Agoura.

Agoura 72 Burbank 57

The Lady Bulldogs went head-to-head against the defending CIF champions and Marmonte League champions from a year ago, the Agoura Chargers. A first-quarter blitz by both teams saw Burbank take a slim 21-20 lead into the second quarter.

Coach Bruce Breeden talks to his squad (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Coach Bruce Breeden talks to his squad (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Agoura buckled down and outscored the Bulldogs, 13-5, to take a 33-26 lead into the break. The Chargers pushed the lead to 10, 56-46, at the end of three quarters.

Burbank would not go away quietly mounting a comeback that began with a 7-0 spurt to begin the fourth quarter. Leading 56-53 with 5:22 left, Agoura closed out the game on a 16-4 run to win, 72-57.

Pepperdine-commit Kim Jacobs scored 22 points for Agoura including a three-pointer at the 2:50 mark that broke the back of the Indians.

The Bulldogs’ Yazzy Sa’Dullah and Ashley Linda each scored 20 points.

Burbank ended the tournament with a 62-49 victory over Harvard-Westlake.