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Burroughs Baseball Helped By Divine Intervention

By Rick Assad


There was a real sense of sadness hovering over Tomahawk Field prior to Saturday’s semifinal game of the 12th Annual Easton Tournament between Burroughs High and Moorpark.

The reason was earlier in the day it was learned that longtime Crespi baseball coach Scott Muckey, who had been Burroughs Coach Craig Sherwood’s mentor, passed away at the age of 63.

Maybe Muckey was looking down on the proceedings as the Indians rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and edged the Musketeers, 3-2.

The Indians (4-0) will face Harvard-Westlake, which held off El Camino Real, 3-1, in the other semifinal, on Tuesday at Birmingham High in the title game.

Justin Palafox’s single to right field drove in Jason Whaley, who reached on a  fielder’s choice, for the game-winner off reliever Dane Aguilar, who faced five batters and was tagged with the loss.

“I wanted to stay focused and do my job,” said Palafox, who had two singles, of the final at-bat. “There was no pressure. It’s the same at the end of the game or the beginning of the game. I just wanted to do my part.”

The Indians, who are the defending Pacific League champions, sent seven batters to the plate in the seventh, had four hits and was helped out by an error.

Nathan Palafox opened up the frame with a base hit up the middle, while Riley Hooper was hit by a pitch.

With one out, Mitch Lefevre laid down a bunt that Aguilar failed to get a glove on and Randy Catlett (two hits) reached on an infield hit.

“Everything I do is based on my experience being around him,” Sherwood said of Muckey, who was at Crespi for 28 years and claimed 11 league banners, two Southern Section titles and sent numerous players to college and professional teams. “He’s the best high school baseball coach in the country. I think he helped us win today.”

Afterward Sherwood paid tribute to his mentor by munching on Doritos and sipping a Dr. Pepper, something Muckey did after games.

Moorpark, which has gone to the CIF Southern Section playoffs the last seven seasons, was a thorn in the side of Burroughs in 2015 as it took out the Indians in the Easton Tournament and the CIF playoffs.

“They knocked us out of the Easton Tournament and they had three straight shutouts,” Sherwood said of Moorpark. “They’re a good team, but our guys believe in the system. I dedicate this game to him [Muckey].”

Moorpark (3-1) scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning when Greg Dominguez lined a one-out double down the left-field line off Jesse Galindo (2-0).

Matt Page singled to center field with one out and Dillon Holliday was hit by a pitch and both eventually came around to score.

Galindo didn’t allow a hit until two out in the third inning when Dominguez doubled to left center.

Dominguez stole third base, but was thrown out at home plate when second baseman Brandon Martinez gunned the ball to catcher Tanner Whitlock.

Galindo, who allowed six hits with four strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter in seven innings, gave up a two-out single to Jimmy Friery in the fourth inning, but induced Junior Sandoval to fly out.

Page singled to lead off the fifth inning for the Musketeers, and after Holliday sacrificed, Galindo retired Dominguez on a liner to left field and T.J. Foreman grounded out.

In the sixth inning, Galindo surrendered a two-out base hit to Cole Kriger, but Friery grounded out.

Other Burroughs players who singled were Martinez, Whitlock and Whaley.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Fall To Mira Costa In Semifinals, 47-39

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A long and prosperous season by the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team came to an end without reaching and winning the CIF Southern Section Division I-A championship after losing to the No. 1 seed and host Mira Costa, 47-39, in the semifinals on Saturday night.

Even though, it was still a solid and fruitful campaign given this is the second consecutive season in which the Indians (24-8) reached the semifinals.

Several key Burroughs players were in early foul trouble and it clearly helped the Mustangs (22-8), who will be participating in their third straight title game.

“Early on the referees called it really tight,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “There were a lot of touch fouls. Kamryn [Cardenaz], Abbey [Ibarra] and Jordan [Meltzer] all had two fouls at the half, so I had to go to my bench. Foul trouble hurt us in the first half.”

Mira Costa led 13-10 after the first quarter while the Indians played the Mustangs even in the second quarter as each tallied 13 points and it was 26-23 at the intermission.

Burroughs even scored the first eight points and pulled in front 18-13 with just under six minutes left.

Burroughs surged ahead 34-33 late in the third quarter on a three-pointer from senior point guard Meltzer, who finished with eight points.

The two teams were even after three quarters, 34-34, and the Indians led briefly 35-34 early in the fourth quarter, but were then outscored 13-4 over the remainder of the quarter.

“We had chances in the fourth quarter. We stopped them three times defensively, but we couldn’t score,” Oganyan said.

The Indians were paced by senior guard Brooke Radcliff, who tallied 12 points. Radcliffe also pulled down six rebounds and had three steals, while Ibarra, a senior shooting guard had four points with three steals.

“It says a lot about our kids,” Oganyan said. “Especially the seniors. They all work hard and they’re 100 percent committed. They built team chemistry. We’re disappointed, but only one team wins.”

Burroughs Boys Hoops Close Season With 68-45 Setback To Santa Monica In Semifinals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Knowing what a skilled and explosive player Santa Monica High Jonah Mathews is, the host Burroughs boys’ basketball team tried its best to contain him during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinal game.

Despite double and triple-teaming the USC-bound senior shooting guard at times, he still erupted for a game-high 33 points with 21 coming in the opening half, while leading the Vikings to a 68-45 triumph before a near-packed house.

This was the first time since 1990 that the Indians advanced to the semifinals and had Burroughs (22-8) prevailed, it would have been the first time since 1955 it would have qualified for the title game.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III scored 16 points in a season-ending loss to Santa Monica in the CIF semifinals. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The No. 1 seeded Vikings, who will play Temecula Valley, which knocked off Camarillo, 65-62, in the other semifinal, were worthy of the top rank as they led 20-15 after the first quarter and held a 37-20 advantage at the break.

But in the third quarter, the Indians (29 percent on 15 of 55 shots from the field) started to find their groove and came within 43-36 and 3:26 left when junior power forward Tristen Hull (12 points) scored.

But the Vikings (25 of 56 for 44.6 percent) went on an 11-0 spurt and entered the fourth quarter ahead 54-36.

“Number 4 [Mathews] is as good as advertised,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But I think that it was our ineffectiveness on offense and defense in the first half. We had them on the ropes [in the third quarter], but they were the better team tonight. Hats off to them.”

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Junior power forward Tristen Hull, who scored 12 points, blocks Daniel Schreier’s shot. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In that time frame, Mathews scored five points including a three-pointer, while sophomore guard Isaiah Johnson scored four of his six points and senior forward Mikhail Brown (10 points) tallied two points.

Santa Monica (28-2), which now owns a 23-game winning streak, hit its first five attempts from the field in the opening quarter with Mathews scoring 13 points and Brown four points as the Vikings canned eight of 11.

“I thought our bench did a great job,” Santa Monica coach James Hecht said. “Our depth showed tonight.”

Hecht admitted that Mathews, who has scored 108 points in four playoff games, is a special talent, but that the collective effort is also important.

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Lee III played solid defense in Friday’s semifinal match versus the Vikings. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Jonah is a great player, but I’d like to think that Santa Monica is more than just him,” Hecht said.

Burroughs senior point guard Ross Lee III (team-best 16 points) hammered in two of his three from three-point distance in the initial period and had 10 points while senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell (six points with five assists and five rebounds) dropped in a trey and Hull (three caroms) made a pair of free throws.

“We just tried to fight,” said Lee III, who had six assists, four steals, two rebounds and one block. “We just sort of lost our focus. This just wasn’t our night.”

Neither team shot well in the second quarter as Burroughs made two of 10 and Santa Monica, which outrebounded the Indians, 55-25, hit four of 13 and outscored the hosts 17-5.

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Shooting guard Steven Hubbell caps his career with six points in a loss to the Vikings. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mathews sprayed in two of his six from three-point range and two free throws in the frame and his three-pointer with 2:58 left gave the Vikings a 29-18 lead.

Meanwhile junior forward Daniel Schreier scored three of his 11 points for the Vikings.

Hull dropped in three points in the second quarter and his hoop with 3:58 left on the clock trimmed Santa Monica’s lead to 24-18, but the Vikings then went a on 13-2 run to close out the frame and pulled in front 54-36 heading into the final quarter.

The Vikings outscored the Indians 14-9 in the fourth quarter with Mathews collecting seven points and his trey with 7:40 showing pushed Santa Monica ahead 57-36.

Four players scored for the Indians in the final quarter including senior guard Nick Howard, who drilled a three-pointer.

Senior guard Elijah Cain and junior guard Austin Marx each scored two points as did senior small forward Angelo Solis (four points).

“Their defense was really tough,” Solis said. “Every time I had the ball and I wanted to get my shot off, they were right there.”

Santa Monica drilled 10 of 19 free throws while Burroughs converted six of 15 from the charity line.


Burroughs Girls Reach Second Straight CIF Semifinals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The drumbeat is getting louder and steadier for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team after posting a 43-40 triumph over host Valley View in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

And so the Indians’ season will be extended to the semifinals for the second straight season and will face top-seeded Mira Costa on the road this Saturday.

Burroughs (24-7) now owns a 17-game winning streak with the last loss being administered by Newbury Park 45-31 on Dec. 31.

The Indians, who have claimed four consecutive Pacific League titles including the last three undefeated at 14-0, had a 27-14 advantage after 16 minutes and then pulled in front 37-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Valley View (24-4) came within one point and 13 seconds left, but senior point guard Jordan Meltzer (15 points) was fouled and nailed a pair of free throws for the three-point margin with three seconds on the clock.

Valley View had one final effort, however, but that shot from midcourt didn’t find the mark.

“I knew that even with the score the way it was, that they were going to make a run,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “They picked up the pressure and tried to speed us up and it was more physical.”

Oganyan added: “Every game there is a little point where we struggle to score, but even when we do, it’s our defense that keeps us in the game.”

Other key contributors were junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, who contributed nine points and senior guards Abbey Ibarra and Brooke Radcliff, with each dropping in eight points.

Ibarra also collected six rebounds and had three steals while Radcliff pulled down seven boards.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Victorious; Burbank Girls Soccer Loses

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The outstanding overall play by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team continued on the road Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinal contest against Vista Murrieta.

The Indians (22-7) prevailed 68-56 and now will face top-seeded Santa Monica in the semifinals at home with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

“We had a really good start [7-1], and we were ahead 18-10 after the first quarter,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We had a really good scouting report on them. We felt really comfortable in what we were going to do.”

This is the first time the Indians have advanced to the semis since 1990 and seem to be peaking.

“We’re getting better as the year goes along,” Hochberg added on how well his club has played over the last one-third of the season.

Junior power forward Tristen Hull had 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists, and senior small forward Angelo Solis added 10 points, 12 caroms, three steals and two blocks for the Indians, who led 30-20 at the half and then pulled ahead 46-40 after three quarters.

The backcourt also added offensive support as senior point guard Ross Lee III had 13 points with three assists and two steals, senior point guard Eric Allen tossed in 12 points and canned seven of eight at the free-throw line and senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell chimed in with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

In other playoff action, the Burbank High girls’ soccer team had a season to remember, but it was cut short of a Division IV quarterfinal match after losing to Mayfair on Tuesday, 3-1, in a second-round encounter.

The host Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at the half before allowing two goals in the second half.

Burbank (11-4-3) did score a goal on Dalia Farazdaghi’s kick on an assist from Kira Bochard.

The Bulldogs defeated Culver City 1-0 on Friday and advanced to the second round for the first time in six years.

Burroughs Girls Advance To Quarterfinals With 45-36 Win Over Arroyo Valley

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


There have been stretches when the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team has had difficulty scoring.

It happened once again in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A second-round game versus visiting Arroyo Valley.

But the Indians corrected the problem in the third quarter and waltzed to a 45-36 win and now have a quarterfinal match on Tuesday at Moreno Valley.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Indians have advanced to the quarters including 2015 when they were the No. 1 seed.

“They’re athletic and they’re big and it took some time to get used to it,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said of Arroyo Valley, who entered the game with a 16-game winning streak. “We’ve had trouble scoring, but I told them to calm down.”

Ahead 10-3 after the opening quarter, the Indians (23-7 and 14-0 for first place in the Pacific League) were outscored 17-9 in the second quarter before a 19-point third period gave them a 38-29 margin heading in the final quarter.

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Jordan Meltzer is the Indians’ floor leader. The senior point guard had 11 points in a CIF second-round game against Arroyo Valley. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Senior guard Abbey Ibarra finished with a team-high 12 points followed by 11 points each from senior guard Jordan Meltzer and junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz.

Meltzer’s hoop gave the Indians a 5-0 advantage with 6:47 left in the opening quarter.

“Our motto is stand strong,” Oganyan said. “Do what you do. They’re committed and they work hard. Stay together and play together.”

Burroughs, which now owns a 16-game winning streak, made six of seven free throws in the second half and converted six of eight overall.

The Hawks (27-3 and first in the San Andreas League at 10-0) went to the free-throw line 20 times and connected on only five, but outrebounded the Indians, 39-28.

Burroughs (16 of 45 for 35.5 percent) dropped in six three-pointers compared to one for Arroyo Valley.

Ibarra had two three-pointers and three free throws in the third quarter after hitting a trey in the first quarter.

Ibarra’s three-pointer evened the game at 26-26 with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter.

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Kamryn Cardenaz added 11 points with five rebounds versus the Hawks. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Meltzer (four steals and three assists) also drained a three-pointer with a bucket in the initial period, while Cardenaz (five rebounds) also tallied a hoop in the initial stanza.

Burroughs senior guard Melissa Garcia (seven points with six rebounds) had a five-point second quarter and then hit a bucket in the third quarter.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff and junior forward Haley Wilson each had a hoop in the third quarter when the Indians, who had 21 turnovers to 23 for Arroyo Valley, sank six of 13 from the field and four of four from the free-throw line.

The Hawks, who had their 16-game winning skein snapped, canned seven of 13 from the field and three of six from the charity line in the second period.

Arroyo Valley freshman point guard Hailey Vergara was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points and her basket with 3:50 showing in the second quarter gave the Hawks a 14-10 lead.

Vergara had eight points in the second quarter while freshman shooting guard Madison Fierro tallied all of her four points in the same quarter.

Junior Omari Smith finished with nine points for the Hawks (33.3 percent on 15 of 45) while freshman Shiane Talley accounted for five points and junior Alexis Hunter added two points.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Eliminates Beaumont, 68-42, In Second Round

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


An extraordinary effort was required and one was rendered by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A second-round match against visiting Beaumont.

The next challenge for the Indians is a quarterfinal game at Vista Murrieta on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start.

After a pedestrian opening quarter that saw the Indians trail by a single point, what followed was three quarters in which they outscored the Cougars 53-26 and finished with a 68-42 pasting after making 20 of 33 field goal attempts for 60.6 percent.

Four players reached double digits for the Indians including senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell, who scored a game-best 17 points, senior point guard Ross Lee III (14 points), junior power forward Tristen Hull (14 points) and senior small forward Angelo Solis (12 points).

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Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell is “Mr. Steady.” On Friday he scored a game-best 17 points in a 68-42 win over Beaumont. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It was a great win,” said Hubbell, who had five assists with four steals and drained two three-pointers. “Today was our best game. All the players were clicking. We had to be focused on being calm and we wanted to match their tempo.”

Front and center was Burroughs’ defensive pressure that was applied throughout with the guards and forwards meeting the opposition at midcourt in many instances and caused numerous turnovers.

The shooting and ball-handling were superb as the Indians made 25 of 46 from the floor for 54.3 percent and had five turnovers after three quarters and finished with 10.

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg was asked if this was his team’s best overall game considering the opponent.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III is a blur after scoring 14 points and hitting three treys. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Yes, I’ve have to say that it is,” he said. “We knew that looking at film what we could do. We’re battle tested and we’re capable of being the best team we could possibly be.”

Hochberg went on: “This was a great team effort,” he pointed out. “We had a great effort on the glass and we wanted to shut down No. 10 [senior Derreck Affor].”

The Cougars (24-4 and 8-2 for second in the Mountain Pass League) are the real deal as they came into Friday night’s encounter with a 17-2 record over their last 19 games.

The Indians (21-7 and third place in the Pacific League at 9-5) entered the fray having captured eight of their last 11 games and also faced a significant height and weight disadvantage.

The key quarter was the second as the Indians made nine of 13 with six players scoring as Hull tallied six points, while Hubbell and senior small forward Angelo Solis each added four points.

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Junior power forward Tristen Hull pulls up for a jumper. Hull finished with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians led at the intermission 36-23 after making 14 of 26 and all six free throws and allowing Beaumont (16 of 45 for 35.5 percent) to score seven points and hitting only three of 10 from the field.

The second half began with Burroughs, which converted 12 of 17 from the free-throw line, continuing to shoot well from the floor as it made five of 11.

In the frame, Lee III came alive with eight points that included the first of three from three-point distance.

The Indians drilled six of nine in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cougars 18-7 with Lee III (six assists and three steals) hitting two three-pointers, Hubbell nailing a trey and a free throw and Hull tossing in two buckets.

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Senior small forward Angelo Solis shoots in traffic. Solis had 12 points with 11 rebounds. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first time I saw them [Beaumont], they’re a physically imposing team,” said Hull, who contributed five assists, three steals and one block. “But I knew that the guys would be there. Angelo played an amazing game. I knew that we were going to do whatever it takes to win the game.”

Solis had a strong outing after grabbing 11 rebounds with two blocks and one steal.

Beaumont led 16-15 after the initial quarter after hitting five of 10 from the field and six of six from the charity line with four players scoring four points.

The Cougars, who sank 10 of 18 from the throw line, were paced by Affor, who had 14 points and senior Darnell Eaves with 10 points.

The other Indians who scored were junior wing Justin Henderson with four points, senior point guard Eric Allen with three points, and senior guards Nick Howard and  Jordan Bridges with two points each.

Locals Have Some Success In CIF Opening-Round Matches

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ basketball seasons will continue after two impressive playoff wins on Wednesday.

The Indians bulldozed past host Alhambra 72-45 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-A match while the visiting Bulldogs pushed aside Garden Grove 62-54 in a Division II-AA encounter.

Both teams have games tonight at home with 7 p.m. starts as the Indians (20-7) face Beaumont (24-3) and the Bulldogs (19-10) meet El Cajon (20-7).

Junior power forward Tristen Hull was nearly unstoppable in the paint as he finished with 24 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists for the Indians, who splashed in 10 from three-point range.

Meanwhile senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had 17 points with five assists and hit five of six treys.

Senior point guard Eric Allen dropped in eight points with five boards and senior wing Nick Howard added six points with four caroms and two steals.

It was tied early at 5-5, but Burroughs went on a 14-4 spurt and led 19-9 after the first quarter and then pulled ahead by nine points at the break.

“We controlled most of the game,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We were balanced and we exploited our size.”

The Bulldogs were paced by junior swingman Michael Woods with 16 points followed by senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno and junior forward Ben Chavez each scoring 15 points.

Burbank bolted ahead 21-13 at the first quarter, but Garden Grove outscored the Bulldogs 19-11 in the second quarter and it was tied 32-32 at the half.

The Bulldogs scored 18 points in the third quarter and limited Garden Grove to nine points and pulled in front 50-41 heading into the final quarter.

In other playoff matches, the Burbank girls’ hoop team fell to host Garden Grove 49-44 in overtime in a Division II-AA clash on Thursday.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan’s three-pointer evened it at 41-41 with four seconds left.

The Bulldogs (18-11) led 15-12 after the initial quarter and it was knotted 24-24 at intermission before Garden Grove (21-6) jumped ahead 35-34 after three quarters.

Junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian showed the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points and all of her points came via the three-point line.

The Burbank girls’ soccer team knocked off host Culver City 1-0 in a Division IV match behind a goal from Dalia Farazdaghi in the first half on Thursday.

Bonita routed visiting Burroughs in a Division IV girls’ water polo match 17-6, on Thursday, but senior goalie Kate Wilke had 10 saves and 317 for the season, breaking the mark held by Ahsha Earwood. Wilke finished with 591 saves, 11 more than Earwood.

The visiting Burroughs girls’ soccer squad lost to defending champion La Mirada 5-1 in a Division IV hook up on Thursday.

The Burroughs boys’ soccer team was shut out by visiting Cajon 2-0 in a Division III wild-card contest on Wednesday.

Burroughs Girls Blasts Palmdale In Opening Round, 54-16

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For much of Thursday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 1-A opening-round girls’ basketball game between Burroughs High and visiting Palmdale, it was a parade to the free-throw line.

On the evening the Indians hit 20 of 30 attempts en route to a 54-16 shellacking of the Falcons.

The Indians will host Arroyo Valley on Saturday in a second-round match with the tipoff to begin at 7 p.m.

From the start, it was clear that Palmdale was overmatched as it committed numerous rough fouls which continued throughout the game.

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Junior forward Haley Wilson scored seven points in a 54-16 rout of Palmdale in a CIF first-round match. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

In the opening quarter, the Indians led 17-4, and went to the charity stripe 11 times while converting eight.

Junior forward Haley Wilson (seven points) made three charity shots, while senior point guard Jordan Meltzer (12 points) and senior guard Abbey Ibarra (game-best 13 points) each dropped in a pair.

“We knew coming in that’s how they played,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “But we wanted to stay focused and play our game. I thought we did what we wanted to do.”

In that frame, Ibarra scored seven points that included the first of two three-pointers.

“This [the physical nature] didn’t bother us because we know it’s going to be physical later on,” said Ibarra, who accounted for all of her points in the first and third quarters. “We just try to stay pumped. We have experience, but it can be taken away quickly.”

When asked why she’s playing so well, Ibarra said she wants to end her career on a high note. “I just try to do things for my team,” she said. “I don’t want it to end.”

The Indians made 11 of 17 free throws in the opening half and nine of 13 in the second half.

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer chipped in with 12 points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (22-7 and 14-0 for first place in the Pacific League) converted four of 11 from the field in the initial period and drilled three of 15 from the floor in the second quarter when Meltzer poured in three points as the Indians pulled ahead 26-6 at the intermission.

Oganyan was confident that the style of play would not alter the final decision. “We knew that they [Palmdale] played hard, but we followed our game plan and we eventually blew it [the game] wide open,” she said.

The Falcons (9-11 and fourth in the Golden League with an 8-6 mark) were stymied in each quarter as they made two of seven in the first quarter followed by one of seven in the second quarter.

Burroughs’ most productive quarter was the third when it exploded for 23 points while limiting Palmdale to one point and took a 49-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Five players scored for the Indians (16 of 47 for 34 percent) in the third quarter and drilled seven of 13 from the floor with Meltzer tallying seven points, while Ibarra and junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz (seven points) each chipping in with six points.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the Falcons (six of 30 for 20 percent) outscored the Indians 9-5 with senior guard Brittany Trimble scoring all of her four points.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff had six points, sophomore center Marin Grote four points, freshman guards Jillian Kukawski and Nicole Rumfola each adding two points while freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrera tossed in a point for the Indians.

Junior center Dharma Mitchell paced the way for the Falcons with six points while senior guard Bobbie Gonzales added five points and senior guard Melina Martinez had a point.


Burbank, Burroughs Girls Soccer; Burroughs Boys Soccer In Playoffs

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s during the playoffs that the stakes are raised even higher and they will be for the Burbank High and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams, along with the Burroughs boys’ soccer squad as all three have CIF Southern Section matches this week.

The Lady Bulldogs, who finished in a 2-2 tie against the Lady Indians behind Kira Bochard’s two second-half goals, are the third place team in the Pacific League, while the Indians took fourth.

The teams finished with identical 9-4-1 league marks, but Burbank went 1-0-1 in head-to-head competition against its rival.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-4-3) are on the road in a Division IV match and will face Culver City (15-5-2) on Thursday with the winner playing Immaculate Heart or Mayfair on Feb. 23.

The Lady Indians (12-4-1) have a road date against top-seeded La Mirada (14-5-4) in a Division IV contest on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Burroughs boys’ soccer team (14-6-2) hosts Cajon (11-6-7) at Memorial Field in a Division III wild-card clash on Friday with the winner to face Santa Maria (19-4-1).