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Burroughs Girls Hoops Steamroll Rival Burbank, 71-34

By Rick Assad
 
 

 

With the help of three players that reached double figures for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team, the Indians were barely taxed in a showdown with city rival Burbank.

Behind Faith Boulanger’s game-best 20 points, host Burroughs cruised to an easy 71-34 win over the Bulldogs in a Pacific League match before a packed house on Friday night.

Faith Boulanger tries to block a shot during Friday’s 71-34 win over visiting Burbank. Boulanger scored a game-high 20 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We had higher energy and we were more conditioned,” said Boulanger, who had six steals. “I was pretty like excited and nervous. I’ve been with this team and I trust them and I know when we put our mind to it, we can do anything we want.”

Boulanger, a sophomore center, thought she played well, but said there’s room for improvement.

“I think personally I had a pretty good overall game,” she said. “I could have done some better things on defense. I could have helped more outside on one of their better players [Osanna Tirityan] and I could have taken some charges instead of blocking her shot.”

After hitting nine of 19 attempts in the first quarter, the Indians rolled ahead 20-10 with senior forward Nicole Rumfola (seven rebounds and four assists) scoring 11 of her 19 points while sophomore guard Dyani Del Castillo (14 points) dropped in five.

Burbank’s Emily Gutierrez is being defended by Camry Lotka. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I would say this is probably the best we’ve played for sure,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “This is the most complete game we’ve played.”

Oganyan said the rivalry between Burroughs and Burbank is nice and certainly special, but you can’t make it bigger than what it is.

“We prepared for this game like any other game,” Oganyan noted. “I know both teams are going to be up for the game. I think the difference was that we shot the ball with confidence.”

The Bulldogs (13 of 40 for 32.5 percent) were held to four of nine from the floor in the first period as sophomore small forward Jayla Flowers (nine points) and senior swingman Tirityan (team-high 14 points) each scored three points.

Dyani Del Castillo tallied 14 points for the Indians and hit four three-pointers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We had no energy,” Burbank coach Jett Del Mundo said. “I think we were playing against the ghosts of last year. We made every play bigger than it needed to be. This was like a good league matchup. No one was going to win a championship.”

Boulanger canned a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter and had 10 points at halftime after tallying four points in the first period.

The Indians (15-6 and 5-3 in league) converted 14 of 24 shots at the intermission and were ahead 33-20, while the Bulldogs (13-8 and 5-3 in league) made eight of 19.

Del Castillo (six rebounds and four steals) nailed two of her four three-pointers in the third quarter and Boulanger added the third of four treys as the Indians hit five of 17 shots.

Faith Boulanger takes a jump shot and scored 10 points in each half and also collected six steals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flowers garnered four points in the third quarter for the Bulldogs, who will host the Indians on Jan. 31, and managed three of 11 from the floor and trailed 46-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

“Jayla played well, but she still had moments I wished she did things differently. But this is high school basketball,” Del Mundo said.

Nine players scored for the Indians (39.3 percent on 26 of 66 from the field) in the final frame with Boulanger scoring seven points and Rumfola dropping in four points.

Burroughs, which made nine from three-point range, drilled 10 of 17 from the free-throw line (58.8 percent).

Burbank, which hit two treys, made six of 12 (50 percent) from the charity line and was outrebounded, 40-32.

Burroughs sophomore power forward Kayla Wrobel accounted for three points, but pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds.

Senior point guard Ariana Farias scored four points and finished with five assists and five steals for the Indians.

Junior guard A’sia Morales tossed in three points for Burroughs, sophomore Sydney Martin had three points while senior forward Emily Gutierrez and senior forward Jhazmin Pitts each tossed in two points and senior guard Jordyn Jackson had one point.

Senior point guard Jasmine Chavez tallied five points for the Bulldogs, senior center Sofia Aslanyan, junior guard Brianna Castro and junior Adel Bandarian all scored two points.

Burbank Girls Basketball Cruises To 59-43 Triumph Over Muir

By Rick Assad

 

A longtime starter and a key reserve were at the heart of Burbank High’s 59-43 victory over visiting Muir in a Pacific League girls’ basketball game on Friday night.

Senior center Sofia Aslanyan has been a three-year standout for the Bulldogs and was the offensive catalyst with a game-best 21 points, while sophomore small forward Jayla Flowers added five points, but more importantly grabbed key rebounds, handed out numerous assists and was a defensive sparkplug.

Burbank, which made 23 of 75 shot attempts for 30.6 percent and pulled down 64 rebounds, took control early and was ahead 11-8 after eight minutes and bulled in front 26-16 at the intermission.

“With Jayla we’re trying to find what’s her best role,” Burbank co-coach Jett Del Mundo said. “She adds so much more when she comes off the bench. She’s able to disrupt the opponent. She can really flourish in that role.”

Senior center Sofia Aslanyan, shown in a recent game, dropped in a game-best 21 points against Muir. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

A bucket by Aslanyan with 1:35 remaining in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs, who canned nine of 18 free throws, a 23-16 edge.

The Bulldogs entered the fourth quarter ahead 39-32, but broke the contest open with a 20-point fourth quarter.

“I hate to say it, but during the season the third quarter has been the worst quarter,” said Del Mundo, who was Pasadena’s coach before coming to Burbank.

A three-pointer by junior shooting guard Brianna Castro (11 points) with 4:26 showing in the third period pushed Burbank’s advantage to 36-22.

Tirityan’s hoop with 5:56 left on the ticker in the fourth quarter made it 46-33 and Castro’s third and final trey with 2:58 left in the fourth period made it 54-37.

Aslanyan failed to score in the first quarter, but then tacked on nine points in the second period.

Senior swingman Osanna Tirityan, who dropped in 14 points, tallied three points in the initial frame as the Bulldogs converted five of 22 shots (22.7 percent) from the field.

“We want to control the rhythm of the game,” Del Mundo said of the contest’s pace. “They have a very nice freshman post player (Olivia Hodges).”

Senior swingman Osanna Tirityan, pictured in a recent match, scored 14 points in a 16-point win over the Mustangs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Tirityan added four points in the second quarter as Burbank (12-7 and 4-2 in league) made six of 19 (31.5 percent) from the floor.

Muir (4-8 and 0-6 in league) was paced by first-year power forward/center Hodges, who dropped in 18 points, including 12 points in the second half.

The Mustangs, who shot 24 percent (13 of 54) from the field and yanked down 37 caroms, came within seven points at the end of the third quarter and drew within six points, but then saw the Bulldogs pull ahead by 16 points.

Muir, which drilled 16 of 26 from the charity line, rallied in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 16-13 with Hodges tallying seven points and sophomore guard Jori Haleakala-Denson dropping in six of her 12 points.

Muir converted five of 28 shots (17.8 percent) in the opening half and improved slightly in the second half after hitting eight of 26 (30.7 percent).

The Bulldogs were successful 0n five of 16 shots (31.2 percent) in the third quarter and seven of 18 (38.8 percent) in the fourth period.

Senior point guard Emily Monterrey poured in five points for the Bulldogs, while junior center Adel Bandarian added two points and sophomore guard Erika Montoya tossed in one point.

Burbank Girls Hoops Can’t Keep Pace With Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

From the outset, it seemed that everything was going wrong for the Burbank High girls’ basketball team.

The Bulldogs trailed by six points heading into the second period, were down by 16 at the half and 14 points through three frames and eventually lost 53-43 to host Crescenta Valley on Friday evening in a Pacific League matchup.

“We didn’t handle their pressure very well,” said Burbank interim coach Bruce Breeden. “We didn’t come ready to play. They took it to us early. We fought back, but it’s too hard to come back from 12 and 14 point deficits.”

Senior small forward Osanna Tirityan and sophomore guard Erika Montoya each scored 12 points for the Bulldogs, who trailed 13-7 after one quarter and 30-14 at the intermission.

Burbank made four of 18 shots (22.2 percent) from the field at the break and 12 of 40 (30 percent) during the game, while Crescenta Valley drilled 15 of 59 (25.4 percent) from the floor.

The Bulldogs (8-5 and 2-2 in league) outscored the Falcons 12-10 in the third quarter and tallied 17 points to 13 points for the Falcons (7-5 and 3-1 in league) in the fourth frame.

Montoya’s three-pointer with 5:43 left in the game sliced Crescenta Valley’s advantage to 42-31.

Jayla Flowers, shown in a recent game, scored 10 points in a 53-43 loss to Crescenta Valley. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“She had kind of a breakout game offensively,” Breeden said of Montoya. “We look to her to continue that growth.”

When junior guard Brianna Castro (six points) knocked down a trey with 3:29 showing it trimmed the Falcons’ lead to 46-38.

Senior guard Georgina Kregorian scored 11 of her 16 points.

Kregorian nailed three of her four three-pointers in the opening period.

The Falcons made three of 12 (25 percent) from the floor and four of six from the free-throw line in the initial period.

The Falcons hit six of 18 (33.3 percent) from the floor in the second quarter with Kregorian scoring five points.

The Bulldogs hammered three of 10 (30 percent) from the field in the initial frame and one of eight (12.5 percent) in the second period, but made five of eight (62.5 percent) of their free throws.

Burbank was successful on six from three-point range and Crescenta Valley dropped in five treys.

On the night, Burbank converted 13 of 20 (65 percent) of its charity tosses, while Crescenta Valley hit 18 of 26 (69.2 percent).

Sophomore small forward Jayla Flowers (12 points) scored two points in the opening frame. Flowers then added five points in the second quarter and after not scoring in the third period, made five free throws in the fourth quarter.

Tirityan scored only two baskets, but was on the money from the free-throw line, making eight of 10.

Junior power forward Adrianna Cabrera had two points for the Bulldogs and senior point guard Emily Monterrey tossed in one point.

Crescenta Valley senior shooting guard Caity Bouchard tallied 12 of her 16 points in the second half and junior point guard Denise Dayag collected nine points.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Basketball Seek CIF Playoffs

By Rick Assad

 

When it comes to girls’ basketball, Burroughs High and Burbank both have quality programs and strong coaching leadership.

The Indians are coming off a season in which they went 23-8 overall and 11-3 in the Pacific League while reaching the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs lost a key player to graduation in Marin Grote, a 6-4 center, who averaged a double-double in points and rebounds and also played volleyball where she was a standout.

Osanna Tiritan should lead the Bulldogs in points and rebounds once again. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Currently Grote is at the University of Washington where she is on the women’s volleyball team.

“I expect our team to be prepared and competitive in every game,” longtime Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “As usual our league will be very tough. Arcadia, Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena all are returning very good talent.”

It’s always exciting when the two city rivals meet.

Burroughs will host Burbank on Jan. 11 and the Bulldogs will host the Indians on Jan. 31.

The Indians, who are undefeated this season at 6-0, will very likely lean heavily on Faith Boulanger, a highly-skilled 5-11 sophomore center/power forward, who averaged 12.7 points with 7.3 rebounds and was selected all-league, first-team.

Despite being a freshman, Boulanger proved her worth early and was a major force on offensive and defensive.

Kayla Wrobel, a 5-10 sophomore power forward was a second-team, all-league pick after tossing in 5.4 points and 5.2 boards per game.

The Indians will be strong as usual and will fight for the top spot in the Pacific League. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Dyani Del Castillo, a 5-8 sophomore shooting guard averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 caroms which translated into being tabbed honorable mention.

Ariana Farias is a 5-3 senior point guard and will lead the offense for Oganyan.

This job is critical because Farias sets the tone.

There are six returners from last year’s team and they include seniors Nicole Rumfola, a 5-9 small forward, Camryn Lotka, a 5-7 shooting guard, Emily Gutierrez, a 5-4 point guard and Jillian Kukawski, a 5-7 shooting guard.

There are two juniors on the squad and they are Sophie Hawkins, a 5-7 shooting guard and A’sia Morales, a 5-7 shooting guard.

The rest of the team will consist of seniors Jhazmin Pitts and Jordyn Jackson and freshman Noor Fahs.

It’s a certainty that the best player on the floor for the Bulldogs, who went 10-18 and 5-9 in league and are 5-2 this season, will be Osanna Tirityan, a 5-9 senior small forward.

“She does everything for us,” Burbank interim coach Bruce Breeden said of Tirityan, who averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds and was named all-league, first-team three consecutive years.

Sofia Aslanian, a 5-10 senior power forward, is likewise a three-year starter. “Sofia controls the boards and gives us leadership,” Breeden said.

Jayla Flowers is a 5-7 sophomore shooting guard and junior Brianna Castro is a 5-5 shooting guard.

“Jayla is a great athlete,” Breeden said of Flowers, who was an honorable mention. “Brianna is our best shooter.”

Also on the team will be Emily Monterrey, a 5-5 senior point guard, Jasmine Chavez, a 5-3 senior point guard and Roxy Payinid, a 5-6 sophomore point guard.

Rounding out the squad are Dakota Cortez, a 5-6 senior small forward, Adel Bandarian, a 5-9 junior power forward, Adrianna Cabrera, a 5-8 junior small forward and Kim Pimentel, a 5-4 sophomore point guard.

Rounding out the squad will be senior small forward Serlie Pouladian, senior small forward Knar Geghamya, junior small forward Val Martinez and sophomore guard Erika Montoya.

Burbank Girls Hoops Fall Short, 55-44, Versus Glendale

By Rick Assad

 

It’s quite likely Burbank High’s Osanna Tirityan and Glendale’s Jillian Yanai are the two best female basketball players in the Pacific League.

On Friday night, these two faced each other and neither disappointed, but it was Yanai’s co-game-high 14 points and nine rebounds that helped push the host Nitros past the Bulldogs, 55-44.

Tirityan, a junior shooting guard and All-CIF Southern Section selection, had 11 points after scoring two points at the intermission.

Junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan added a team-best 12 points for Burbank, which made 13 of 48 of its shots from the field for 27 percent.

Osanna Tirityan, shown in a game versus Crescenta Valley last season, dropped in 11 points in a 55-44 loss to Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We beat them pretty handily last year both times,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “We were the one team that handled Glendale with 18-point and 20-point losses last year. They wanted it. They came out and played us tough.”

Yanai, a senior shooting guard, was held scoreless in the first quarter as the Nitros led 12-9 heading into the second frame, but exploded for eight points that included a three-pointer, as Glendale seized control 24-19 at halftime after drilling 10 of 28.

Sophomore power forward Mary Markaryan also scored 14 points with nine caroms for the Nitros and junior point guard Meri Chebishian tossed in 13 points, with two shots coming from three-point range.

Glendale’s best quarter was the third when it canned seven of 16 from the floor and four of seven from the free-throw line, and took a 44-31 advantage into the fourth period.

Glendale made 11 of 19 (57.8 percent) of its free throws and Burbank hit 15 of 24 (62.5 percent).

The Bulldogs started slow, including Tirityan, who had two points at the half against the Nitros. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore center Melissa Zamora accounted for all of her six points in the third quarter for the Nitros (10-6 and 2-0 in league), who outscored the Bulldogs 20-12.

“We’re a young team with the exception of Jillian and Lilia [Vasghanian], who are returners,” Glendale coach Tadeh Mardirosian said. “When we’re young we try to use our speed and our momentum and our youth to get the opposing teams on their heels.”

Vasghanian scored four points for the Nitros, who advanced to the CIF Division II-A semifinals last season, that included a three-pointer in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs were sloppy with the ball, turning it over 19 times while the Nitros had 10.

Burbank (6-10 and 1-1 in league) limited Glendale to 11 points in the fourth quarter on three of 13 from the floor, but five of eight from the charity line, while scoring 13 points on three of 13 from the field and seven of nine free throws.

“We had a really good preseason.” Mardirosian said. “Whatever we lack in skill, we make up with heart. With the leadership of Jillian Yanai, we keep the momentum and keep pace. She’s our floor general. She’s a coach on the floor.”

Tirityan came out and passed the ball in the opening half, even though she’s capable of tallying double-digits every game.

“That’s every team’s mentality in the league,” Wells said of Glendale’s effort to halt Tirityans’s offensive prowess. “We didn’t step on the floor ready in the first quarter and it showed.”

With only two points in the first quarter and being blanked in the second frame, Tirityan, who pulled down nine rebounds, scored four points in the third quarter and five points in the final frame.

When Burbank sophomore point guard Brianna Castro (eight points) nailed a three-pointer with 6:05 left in the second quarter, Glendale’s lead was sliced to 16-14.

With 6:25 remaining in the third quarter, a hoop from Chebishian pushed the Nitros (20 of 57 for 35 percent) ahead 29-23.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Basketball Ready For Strong Seasons

By Rick Assad

When the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ basketball teams take the floor, it’s with conviction that every game is winnable.

The Indians, 17-12 and 8-4 in the Pacific League, tied for second last season, will be paced by 6-foot-4 senior center Marin Grote and 5-3 junior point guard Arianna Farias.

“Both started last year and are expected to lead the way,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan, whose squad had its four-season run as the league champion snapped.

Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, averaged 9.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals.

Burroughs getting some practice time with senior center Marin Grote (#44) passing the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Oganyan expects the Indians, who lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs, to be competitive.

“The girls have had a good summer and fall by playing a lot of good competition,” she said. “Our focus will be being tough defensively, playing really hard and competing every second.”

It won’t be easy, but Oganyan believes the Indians will be in the hunt for the league title. “League should tough,” she noted. “There are a lot good coaches and good teams.”

The Indians will play in their own tournament and then begin league action on Jan. 3 at Arcadia.

Burroughs will play at longtime rival Burbank on Jan. 19 and host the Bulldogs on Feb. 8.

The Indians are loaded with junior guards who spent time on the floor like 5-2 Ayumi DeHerrera, 5-7 Jillian Kukawski, 5-6 Camryn Lotka, 5-5 Emily Gutierrez and 5-8 Nicole Rumfola, who will also see time at forward.

“All of these girls have improved and look forward to contributing,” Oganyan said.

Senior Jenny Galvan is a 5-3 guard coming up from the junior varsity who should help off the bench.

Burbank also worked on some of the fundamentals in practice. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are a number of talented sophomores such as 5-5 guard A’sia Morales, who is a “slasher, a good rebounder and a great defender,” according to Oganyan and 5-6 guard Sophie Hawkins, who is “being counted on as an outside shooter,” said Oganyan.

There are also freshmen and they include 5-7 guard Dyani Del Castillo, 5-11 forward Faith Boulanger and 5-9 forward Kayla Wrobel.

“Dyani is a great athlete who is everywhere on the court and a great rebounder, while Faith will be looked at as a scorer and Kayla is a great rebounder and has good instincts for the game,” Oganyan said.

Other first-year players include 5-5 guard Liliana Gonzalez, who plays solid defense according to Oganyan and 6-0 Sydney Martin, who will play the post.

Practice makes perfect, including dribbling and driving to the hoop. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs are coming off a campaign in which they posted a 14-15 overall record and 5-7 in the league, good for fifth place along with Arcadia.

The Bulldogs are 1-2 this season with losses to Saugus 52-47 and Lancaster 63-39 in the Brentwood Tournament and a win versus the Archer School for Girls 49-28 in the same tourney.

Second-year Burbank coach John Wells said “the league is fairly-well balanced and that no team should go undefeated,” and employs a four-guard offense, hoping this will add more scoring and passing.

For Burbank, which begins league action at Hoover on Jan. 3, hosts Burroughs on Jan. 19 and visits the Indians on Feb. 8, everything begins with 5-7 junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan, who has been a force for two seasons.

“Osanna is a great scorer and a great rebounder,” said Wells of Tirityan, who averaged 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals. “She’s an all-around player.

Tirityan has been named to the All-CIF Division II-A second team twice and All-League first team twice.

The Bulldogs race down the floor during a scrimmage. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior point guard Emily Monterrey, at 5-5, will also have the ball in her hands.

“Emily is a strong passer and likes to go to the basket,” Wells said.

Senior guard Sophia Jimenez is 5-5 and will add some offensive punch to the lineup as will 5-9 senior forward Kate Lynn Monterrey.

Sophomore guard Brianna Castro, at 5-4, is a very dependable shooter according to Wells.

The lone forward is 5-9 junior Sofia Aslanyan, who should contribute points and add muscle.

“Sofia is a strong offensive rebounder,” Wells said. “She has a strong post presence, but will be asked to play more than just the post.”

Coming off the bench is 5-4 junior guard Jasmine Chavez. “Jasmine is an aggressive defender and a good offensive slasher,” Wells noted.

Junior forward Dakota Cortez is 5-4 and can be counted upon to pick up stray balls.

“Dakota is a strong rebounder on both ends of the court,” Wells said. “She’ll dive for loose balls.”

Junior point guard Emily Monterrey is 5-5 and a “strong passer and goes hard to the basket,” according to Wells.

Despite being young, 5-5 freshman guard Jayla Flowers will contribute. “Jayla is an athlete and a great offensive rebounder,” Wells said. “She will be asked to guard the other team’s best player.”

Another young talent is 5-6 freshman forward Rukhshana Payind. “Rukhshana is a good offensive rebounder who runs the floor well,” Wells said.

Freshman guard Erika Montoya stands 5-3, but is still able to make herself into a crafty defender according to Wells.

Senior forward Amber Kassens is 5-5 and a relentless worker. “Amber is a good shooter and works hard on defense,” Wells said.

Junior guard Desi Gomez, at 5-3, will also be in the backcourt. “Desi is a spot-up shooter and a tough defender,” Wells said.

The rest of the squad includes 5-4 senior forward Kaylee Rivas, 5-1 senior guard Abisha Noriega and 5-6 senior forward Sabrina Feldman.