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Burroughs Girls Hoops Lose To Crescenta Valley In Overtime 54-52

By Rick Assad


It wasn’t an artistic masterpiece, to be sure, but Friday night’s Pacific League girls’ basketball showdown between Burroughs High and visiting Crescenta Valley was gritty, at times wholly exciting and needed an overtime in order for the Falcons to secure a 54-52 decision.

Senior center Marin Grote scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 24 rebounds for the Indians, who fell to Crescenta Valley 54-52 in overtime. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (12-7 and 3-2 in league) pulled ahead 11-10 after the first quarter, trailed 21-20 at halftime, fell behind 32-23 through the third frame and outscored the Falcons 20-11 in the fourth period, which forced the extra session.

In overtime, Crescenta Valley (14-4 and 5-0 in league) made three of five from the field and all four free throws.

Burroughs converted three of 10 from the floor and three of six at the charity stripe, with senior center Marin Grote, who grabbed a game-best 24 rebounds, scoring six of her game-high 17 points.

A hoop by freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel (13 points) from five feet and one second remaining tied it at 43-43.

The pace was fast and furious when the Indians hosted the Falcons in a Pacific League matchup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

When Grote drilled the first of two free throws, the Indians took a 40-39 lead and 1:12 left.

After junior point guard Ariana Farias made the second of two free throws for her only point and 16.1 seconds on the clock, the Indians pulled within 42-41.

“We had a really good fourth quarter,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We missed some free throws. Missed some shots here and there. A couple of mistakes on defense.”

Freshman power forward Faith Boulanger hammered in three free throws during overtime and finished with 10 points, including seven points in the fourth quarter when the Indians canned six of 17 from the field and eight of 15 from the free-throw line.

The Indians converted 16 of 60 shots for 26.6 percent and 20 of 40 free throws for 50 percent.

“I don’t have an explanation except for the fact that we’re young,” Oganyan noted. “A lot of those girls, it’s their first year. In a close game and a league game.”

Freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo (#1), who scored two points, is chasing sophomore guard Denise Dayag. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior shooting guard Georgina Kregorian scored nine of her 11 points in the extra frame for the Falcons.

“Stepping up is what makes this all better,” she said. “Looking at the score and thinking that we beat Glendale by 20, we didn’t want to come out cocky. We didn’t give up and playing like a team was the number one thing.”

Kregorian said that she was assisted by the other players.

“I just couldn’t be more happy for my teammates because if it weren’t for their passes and the way that they played, I wouldn’t have played the way I played,” she said.

Kregorian then added: “We were very nervous. It goes overtime. So we had to forget about the lead. It’s a new game. Our mind-set was just to win,” she said.

The Falcons, who drilled 19 of 60 for 31.6 percent and 12 of 19 (63.1 percent) from the charity line, were paced by senior point guard Sarah Perez’s 13 points.

Senior power forward Michelle Boghossian added 12 points, including 10 points coming in the opening half when the Falcons made eight of 29 from the field (42.1 percent) and five of six from the free-throw stripe.

The Falcons tied it at 16-16 with 3:31 left in the second period on a bucket by Boghossian.

Burroughs came out in the second half and missed its first three shots before Wrobel scored, but what followed was 10 consecutive misses and a three-point quarter.

The Indians made six of 19 at the intermission for 31.5 percent and seven of 31 in the second half for 22.5 percent, excluding the overtime.

The Falcons drilled four of 14 from the field in the third quarter as senior shooting guard Arlene Ovanessian scored all of her six points and senior point guard Rachel Dayag (six points) hitting a trey early in the period that gave Crescenta Valley a 24-20 lead.

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.

Burbank Girls Hoops Can’t Keep Pace With Westchester

By Rick Assad


Two solid quarters couldn’t offset two poor stanzas by the Burbank High girls’ basketball team which fell to Westchester 46-32 in Thursday night’s consolation game of the 2017 West Coast Holiday Festival at the Bulldog gym.

Junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan delivered a team-best 15 points with eight rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs (4-8), who trailed at halftime and the end of the third quarter.

The Burbank High girls’ basketball team is shown practicing. On Thursday, the Bulldogs fell to Westchester in the West Coast Holiday Festival. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tirityan’s scoring output was doubled by the 6-foot, 3-inch junior center Destiny Brown, who poured in a game-high 30 points, including 22 points in the opening half when the Comets (10-1) pulled ahead 26-19.

Agile, quick and athletic, many of Brown’s points resulted from follow-up opportunities, so even if Brown missed her initial shot, she would spring up and grab the rebound and toss it toward the hoop and if it failed to find the mark, she’d repeat the process.

“You’ve gotta play all four quarters,” said Burbank coach John Wells of the lesson learned after facing the talented Comets. “Games aren’t won in the first quarter. Games aren’t won in the fourth quarter. They’re won in all four quarters. We didn’t play all four quarters. I’d say we played two and a half quarters out of four.”

The first period was knotted at 14-14 behind Burbank freshman small forward Jayla Flowers, who tossed in all of her five points while Tirityan added five that included the first of four three-pointers.

“I wouldn’t say an off night. It wasn’t a complete off night,” said Wells of Tirityan, who struggled at times finding the hoop. “She was asked to do a lot tonight. She expects a lot from herself, which is good. Things didn’t fall her way tonight.”

The Bulldogs, who will likely play Cleveland in another consolation match on Friday, shot 23.5 percent from the field (12 of 51), were hard pressed to locate the basket in the second quarter, making two of 10 and tallying five points.

Tirityan found the range and drilled a trey in the second period and junior power forward Sofia Aslaynan (nine points) knocked in a hoop and tallied six points at the break.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs turned the ball over eight times and had 15 miscues overall while the Comets committed 13 turnovers.

Senior point guard Sophia Jimenez was the only other Burbank player to score as she dropped in three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Burbank was outrebounded by Westchester 49-38, and shot 33.3 percent from the floor at the half (eight of 24).

The Comets hammered in 10 of 35 attempts from the field for 28.5 percent at halftime and outrebounded the Bulldogs 26-18.

Burbank missed all 15 shots in the third quarter with the only scoring coming at the free-throw line as Aslanyan and Tirityan each made one.

Brown was up to her old tricks in the third frame as she accounted for six points as the Comets finished with 13 points and led 39-21 heading into the final quarter.

Burbank bounced back with a better fourth period, making four of 12 from the floor and limiting Westchester (29.5 percent on 18 of 61) to three of 12 with Brown scoring two points.

“Our game plan was to shut her down as best we could,” said Wells of trying to limit Brown’s scoring. “We knew she was going to get what she was going to get. What we didn’t want was for her to get a second, third and fourth chance opportunity. She’s going to miss shots, but she can’t get the rebound after the missed shot.”

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.

Burbank Girls Hoops Can’t Escape Crescenta Valley’s Pressure

By Rick Assad


Knowing beforehand that the Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball team was going to press from the opening tip, it was imperative host Burbank respond by moving the ball.

But for much of the Pacific League game on Tuesday night, the Bulldogs weren’t able to execute that game plan and consequently fell to the Falcons, 46-34.

“They got up in our face and we weren’t able to handle it,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “We just didn’t handle their pressure very well. We knew they were going to do that because they did it the first time we met them at their place.”

Senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan, who scored five points, defends Crescenta Valley’s Michelle Gee in a 46-34 loss on Tuesday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Partly because of this tactic, the Bulldogs (12-12 and 3-4 in league) failed to score in double figures in all four quarters and converted 10 of 33 field goals for 30.3 percent.

The one saving grace was that Burbank dropped in 12 of 18 from the free-throw line (66.6 percent).

Even so, the Bulldogs, who trailed 33-26 after three quarters, were still within nine points in the fourth quarter, but too many turnovers put an end to the notion of rallying for a win.

Trailing 9-7 entering the second quarter, the Falcons (13-8 and 5-2 in league) made their first three shots including a basket from junior guard Rachel Dayag (game-high 13 points) that made it 13-9 with 6:30 left.

Osanna Tirityan scored a team-best nine points for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Falcons were successful on six of 12 from the floor in the second quarter after converting three of 11 in the opening period.

Crescenta Valley pulled ahead 23-17 at the half.

Burbank sophomore shooting guard Osanna Tirityan scored seven of her team-high nine points at the break.

“Everyone who plays us wants to stop Osanna,” Wells said. “They want to keep the ball out of her hands and our point guard Ani [Sarkisyan].”

Sarkisyan, a senior, scored five points and tried her best to get the other players involved.

Tirityan scored four points in the first quarter and then added a three-pointer in the second frame.

Senior forward Sarah Sarquiz, defending Michelle Gee, dropped in eights points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The only other points Tirityan scored came in the fourth quarter when she sank two free throws.

The Falcons (16 of 48 for 33.3 percent) missed their first three shots in the third quarter and ended the quarter making only three of 15.

Dayag dropped in five points in the third period that included her second trey.

Crescenta Valley outscored Burbank 13-8 in the fourth quarter and drilled four of 10 from the field.

Crescenta Valley begins its fast break against Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore guard Caity Bouchard tallied four of her six points in the frame and junior center Mary Baun added four of her six points for the Falcons.

Falcon senior guard Polin Megerdichian tossed in seven points overall and swished in a pair of three-pointers.

Senior forward Sarah Sarquiz accounted for eight points, senior center Emma Kerr added four points, while senior guard Stephanie Grigorian and senior forward Sabrina Zakarian each scored three points for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Lose, 45-Game Pacific League Winning Streak Snapped

By Rick Assad


Eventually every streak comes to an end and it did for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team which came into Friday’s Pacific League match against host Glendale with a 45-game league winning skein.

Shooting 28.5 percent from the floor (12 of 44) and 25 percent from the free-throw line (three of 12), the Indians fell to the Nitros, 29-27.

In the second half, Burroughs made four of 17 field goal attempts for 29.6 percent, but still had a chance to tie or perhaps win in the waning moments.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz scored eight points in loss to the Nitros, who snapped the Indians’ 45-game Pacific League winning streak. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs didn’t have a player reach double figures and was led by junior center Marin Grote with nine points followed by senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz with eight points.

“This is a competitive league,” said Grote, who scored eight points at the half. “Glendale got lucky, but we need to tighten up our offense and we’re going to be fine.”

The key hoop came with 1:05 left when senior small forward Sylvia Vartazarian, who dropped in a game-best 16 points, canned a three-pointer that saw the Nitros move ahead 29-23.

After making three of 11 from the floor in the opening quarter, Burroughs led 6-4 heading into the second period as Grote tallied four points.

The Nitros (13-7 and 4-1 in league) missed all 11 shots in the initial frame, but then made four of seven in the second quarter and trailed 16-14 at the half.

The Indians (11-8 and 3-1 in league) hit eight of 27 shots (29.6 percent) at the break and missed all four charity tosses.

Senior Haley Wilson scored four points in Friday’s 29-27 setback to Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It’s not as though the Nitros were shooting the lights out, making nine of 33 for 23 percent, but they did convert nine of 16 free throws.

“The pressure was not on us,” Glendale coach Tadeh Mardirosian said. “We came in with the idea of confidence, hard work and a lot of heart. But I have the utmost respect for Coach Vicky [Oganyan] and the way she always has her team playing hard.”

Glendale outscored Burroughs 10-8 in the third period and canned three of five from the floor while the Indians converted two of 10 with Cardenaz chipping in with five points.

“We had a good enough defense to win the game,” Cardenaz said. “They only scored 29 points. We’ve been knows as a defensive team, but sometimes we struggle to score on offense.”

The poor shooting continued into the fourth quarter as the Indians drilled two of seven from the field with Cardenaz accounting for three points.

Cardenaz and Grote each feel this will be a learning experience and something the team can build upon.

“We don’t know what it’s like to lose in league and we don’t like the feeling,” Cardenaz said. “But this will help us get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Burroughs Girls Hoops Use Defense In 46-32 Win

By Rick Assad


If there has been one calling card during Burroughs High girls’ basketball Coach Vicky Oganyan’s tenure, it’s been defense.

On Friday evening in a Pacific League match against visiting Arcadia, the Indians used their patented defense and coasted to a 46-32 win.

In three of the quarters, the Apaches failed to reach double digits including a fourth quarter that saw them score four points.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz set the tone with a game-best 17 points in a 46-32 win over Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Every game is going to be tough,” Oganyan said. “The girls have been really good on focusing on the game plan. We stress defense all the time. I thought we played pretty good defense. I was happy with our defense.”

Meanwhile the Indians tallied double digits in the opening quarter, the second and the third stanza as they led 40-28 heading into the fourth frame.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz set the pace with a game-best 17 points followed by junior center Marin Grote’s 15 points.

Cardenaz lets one go with junior center Marin Grote boxing out. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Both will be key players based on talent and experience. “They’ve both been on the varsity and they bring that experience with them. The younger kids feed off that,” Oganyan said.

Burroughs (10-7 and 2-0 in league) led 10-8 after the initial period with Grote scoring four points and Cardenaz adding three.

“I know what the coach wants,” Cardenaz said. “I know that I’m one of the leaders and that’s fine. I don’t mind being a vocal leader. But this is a different team than what we’ve had in the past. There are a lot of younger players.”

Senior forward Haley Wilson applies tough defense while Grote is ready to help. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (17 of 41 from the field for 45 percent) outscored the Apaches 18-11 in the second quarter as Grote dropped in seven points.

Burroughs converted eight of 10 from the field.

“We worked really hard on defense,” said Grote who added five blocks. “I’m feeling a lot more comfortable out there. I understand my role better, but it’s still a work in progress.”

Cardenaz contributed five points in the frame and senior forward Jocelyn Rieken tossed in four of her five points.

Sophomore point guard Ariana Farias scored seven points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Rieken scored with 4:57 left on the clock in the second quarter, the Indians stretched their lead to 19-12 which forced the Apaches to call time out.

Burroughs took a 28-19 lead into the half after hitting 12 of 25 attempts (48 percent) while limiting the Apaches (8-7 and 0-2 in league) to nine of 27 for 33.3 percent.

The Indians canned three of seven field goals and five of six free throws in the third quarter as Cardenaz scored five points and Grote added four points.

Neither team shot well in the fourth quarter with the Indians making two of nine from the floor and the Apaches (14 of 54 for 23.7 percent) drilling one of 16.

The Apaches outrebounded the Indians 42-33, but also missed six of 10 free throws. Burroughs was successful on 11 of 18 charity tosses.

Sophomore point guard Ariana Farias finished with seven points that included a three-pointer in the third quarter, while senior forward Haley Wilson scored two points in the opening quarter.

Arcadia was led by freshman forward Kennedy Lyles with 10 points, nine coming in the third quarter, followed by sophomore guard Ashley Sue with eight points.

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 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 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.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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.