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Burbank Girls Cagers Suffer 38-32 Setback To Glendale

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A scoreless second quarter was Burbank High’s undoing on Wednesday in a Pacific League girls’ basketball game as host Glendale earned a 38-32 victory.

And still the Bulldogs had a chance to win as they came within 32-29 with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter after senor power forward Christina Mkrtchyan (11 points and eight rebounds) canned a pair of free throws.

Freshman shooting/point guard Osanna Tirityan’s three-pointer with 37.9 on the clock trimmed the lead to 36-32 as the Nitros signaled for a time out.

Tirityan poured in seven points in the final quarter and finished with 12 rebounds.

“You can’t fall that far behind when you’re not playing with a full squad,” said Burbank coach Bruce Breeden, who was missing junior point guard Ani Sarkisyan, whose grandfather recently passed away.

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Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan, shown here against Crescenta Valley, dropped in 11 points with eight rebounds in a 38-32 loss to Glendale on the road. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (17-8 and 7-4 in league) trailed 30-21 through three quarters and outscored the Nitros (13 of 47 from the field for 27.6 percent) 11-8 in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs came out with purpose and took a 12-9 advantage in the first quarter.

In the frame, Mkrtchyan knocked in three from three-point range and Tirityan, who drilled two three-pointers, added a bucket and a free throw.

“When you rely on making three-pointers, you’re not going to get fouled a lot and you’re not going to go to the free throw line a lot,” Breeden said.

Burbank marched to the charity stripe 13 times and made seven while Glendale sank seven of 11.

The second quarter was a nightmare for the Bulldogs (22.2 percent on 10 of 45), who couldn’t find the range as they failed to make a shot in 11 attempts and missed two free throws.

“They [Glendale] came out ready to play and we didn’t,” Breeden said. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself. Now we have to find a way to make the playoffs. ”

The Bulldogs are in fourth place in the league and have three more games left on their schedule.

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Burbank senior point guard Celine Shamalian, shown here against CV, scored three points on Wednesday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Glendale junior point/shooting guard Merina Latu scored five of her game-high 15 points in the initial quarter.

Meanwhile junior power forward Sylvia Vartazarian (10 rebounds) tallied four of her nine points in the opening stanza.

The Nitros (14-11 and 8-3 in league) made three of eight from the field and three of four from the charity line in the second quarter and took a 20-12 lead into half.

Burbank, which hit five from beyond the three-point arc as did Glendale, was outscored 10-9 in the third quarter after drilling three of 10 and two of four free throws.

Burbank junior center Emma Kerr scored all of her five points in the third quarter while Tirityan dropped in a three-pointer and senior point guard Celine Shamalian (three points) added a charity toss.

Glendale hammered four of 13 from the floor in the third quarter with sophomore point/shooting guard Jillian Yanai (seven points) hitting a three-pointer and a hoop.

Junior shooting guard/small forward Claire Yanai (five points) knocked down a trey and junior center Cynthia Zamora (10 rebounds) scored two points in the third period.

Latu contributed four points in the fourth quarter while Claire Yanai and Jillian Yanai both added two points.

The Bulldogs will host Pasadena on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Burbank Lady Cagers Fall To Crescenta Valley, 53-37

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s never a good idea to fall behind by double digits, and it’s especially true when facing a good team that can shoot and defend.

Well that’s exactly what the Burbank High girls’ basketball team did against visiting Crescenta Valley on Friday.

The Bulldogs fell behind by 10 points after one quarter, 18 points at the half before rallying in the fourth quarter, but eventually lost 53-37 in a Pacific League match.

Three Falcons scored more than 12 points with senior forward Josie Brock tallying a game-best 17 points, followed by junior guard Polin Megerdichian’s 13 points and senior center Alisa Shinn’s 12 points.

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Burbank senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan (#33) scored a team-best 12 points in a 53-37 setback to Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs (16-7 and 6-3 in league) shot 34.5 percent from the field (13 of 38) and were paced by senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan with 12 points.

Also helping the cause was freshman shooting guard Osanna Tirityan and junior small forward Sabrina Zakarian, as each scored 10 points.

“It’s really simple. We came out flat and didn’t come to play,” Burbank coach Bruce Breeden said. “We weren’t ready to play. I think we may have had too much confidence. It’s very disappointing, but we just didn’t show up.”

Burbank’s most productive quarter was the fourth when it outscored the Falcons 15-7.

Over that eight minute span, the Bulldogs canned four of 10 from the floor and hit five of six from the free-throw line. Burbank connected on six of 13 charity tosses.

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Junior small forward Sabrina Zakarian tallied 10 points for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

At this point, though, most of the Crescenta Valley starters were on the bench, but still it made the game appear somewhat closer.

The Falcons, who made eight of 15 from the field in the opening quarter, pulled ahead 19-9 as Megerdichian nailed two three-point shots and a hoop had eight points.

Shinn added six points and Brock collected five points including a trey as the Falcons were on their way.

Zakarian led the Bulldogs with four points while Mkrtchyan dropped in a three-pointer as Burbank converted four of 10 from the floor.

Burbank drilled only one of eight from the field in the second quarter as Zakarian made a hoop, while the Falcons (14-9 and 7-2 in league) were successful on five of 16 and were paced by Brock’s six points.

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Senior center Alisa Shinn (#44) and freshman shooting guard Osanna Tirityan (#3) fight for the ball. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley, which made 23 of 58 from the field for 39.6 percent, scored 17 points in the third quarter after drilling seven of 15 from the field and two of five from the free-throw line with Megerdichian scoring five points and Shinn adding four points.

The Bulldogs countered by making four of 10 in the third period with Tirityan accounting for a trey, a hoop and a free throw, while junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian drilled a three-pointer and Zakarian a bucket as Burbank trailed 46-22.

Brock scored four points in the final quarter as the Falcons made three of 12 from the field.

Crescenta Valley hit only three of nine from the charity line on the night, but made four from three-point range with Megerdichian hitting three and Brock one.

Burbank splashed in five three-point attempts with Mkrtchyan and Tirityan each nailing two and Grigorian making one.

The Bulldogs have a home game versus Hoover on Monday with a 5:00 p.m. start.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Edge Burbank, 43-41, In A Classic

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It must have felt like walking a tightrope without a net for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team.

One wrong move and it could have been curtains, but it wasn’t as the Indians, after leading and then falling behind, rallied late against city rival and host Burbank on Friday for a dramatic and thrilling 43-41 triumph in a Pacific League classic.

“All season long we’ve struggled offensively,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Our defense and our conditioning are what we count on. We only played six players so we have to be in condition.”

Where does one start when describing what happened before an overflow and extremely loud crowd?

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Burbank’s Osanna Tirityan dribbles while being defended by Jordan Meltzer. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which has won 35 consecutive league games stretching over a three-year period, didn’t shoot well (25.9 percent on 14 of 54 from the field) nor did they make its free throws at a high rate (56.6 percent on 13 of 23).

But when the charity tosses were needed the most, the Indians found a way to sink them.

In the fourth and final quarter, Burroughs (14-7 and 7-0 in league) canned nine of 16 free-throw attempts with junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz dropping in six of nine and drilling eight of 11 for the game.

“We knew that it was going to be a close game,” Cardenaz said. “We knew there would be pressure because it was Burbank, and even though I probably seemed calm on the outside, I was really nervous on the inside.”

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It’s always fast and furious when Burroughs and Burbank meet. This time the Indians prevailed 43-41. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz added: “The fourth quarter has been our quarter. We’re always in condition.”

The Indians entered the final quarter trailing 29-27, but outscored the Bulldogs 16-12 with Cardenaz scoring eight of her team-high 14 points.

With 23 seconds left, a pair of charity tosses by Cardenaz gave the Indians a 42-41 lead.

Senior point guard Jordan Meltzer drilled a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter after tallying eight points over the three previous quarters.

Meltzer finished with 11 points, and was a strong and steadying force for the Indians.

When Cardenaz, who grabbed six rebounds, scored a bucket and converted a free throw with 1:27 left, the Indians pulled to within 39-37.

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Defense and conditioning are always keys for the Indians. It was in Friday’s two-point win over the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (15-6 and 5-2 in league), which came in with a four-game winning streak, fell behind 6-2 in the initial quarter after making one of nine shots while the Indians made three of 12.

But Burbank rallied and outscored the Indians 16-12 in the second quarter after drilling six of 11 and the visitors hitting five of 19 from the floor.

Freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan scored seven of her game-best 16 points in the second quarter.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan tossed in seven of her 14 points in the same quarter for the Bulldogs (15 of 38 from the field for 39.4 percent).

Burbank connected on three of six in the third quarter and scored 11 points while holding the Indians, who converted three of 13 from the field, to 10 points.

Again Tirityan, who added 11 rebounds, made a three-pointer in the period while Mkrtchyan, who pulled down eight boards, drilled two three-pointers with a free throw.

Leading the way for the Indians in the third quarter was senior shooting guard Abbey Ibarra who dropped in five of her seven points.

Ibarra, who nailed a trey in the third quarter, added a key bucket in the fourth quarter when the Indians made three of 10 from the floor.

Senior shooting guard Brooke Radcliff didn’t score in the third quarter but had an outstanding second quarter when she tallied five points.

Radcliff also added three free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with eight points.

The Indians will have a showdown on Tuesday at Crescenta Valley (6-1 in league). The tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Meanwhile Burbank will visit Muir on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start.

Burroughs Girls Still Undefeated In Pacific League, Toss Aside Hoover, 53-24

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Smothering and relentless defense along with sizzling shooting in the first quarter was at the heart of the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team’s 53-24 triumph over host Hoover in a Pacific League match on Friday.

Eleven players scored for the Indians who remain undefeated in league play with senior guard Abbey Ibarra leading the way after tallying a game-high 14 points.

The Indians (12-7 and 5-0 in league) connected on 21 of 64 from the field for 32.8 percent, but drained 10 of 20 in the opening quarter as the visitors took a 23-2 lead.

“We started off really well and we played with good energy,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Overall we played hard, but we need to correct some mistakes offensively.”

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Abbey Ibarra, shown here against Pasadena, tossed in a game-best 14 points in a rout versus Hoover on Friday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ibarra tallied nine of her points in the opening stanza including nailing a three-pointer.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer, who also canned a three-point shot in the initial quarter, scored all of her nine points in the first quarter.

“We just try to stick to the game plan,” Ibarra said of the team’s philosophy. “We try to listen to the coach. Our coaches prepare us well enough.”

Knowing that the Indians are gunning for a fourth straight league title, is there added pressure to win?

“Sometimes I feel the pressure because we don’t know what the other team will bring,” Ibarra pointed out. “We think that we’re going to get a lot better because that’s a challenge for our team.”

Burroughs extended its lead to 34-9 at the intermission as junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz (six points) dropped in four points in the second quarter after scoring two points in the first quarter.

Sophomore center Marin Grote, who finished with five points, had a hoop and a free throw in the second quarter, and later scored a bucket in the third quarter.

Hoover made one of seven from the field in the opening quarter and hit one of eight in the second quarter.

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Junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz scored all six points in the first half as the Indians led 34-9 over the host Tornadoes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs struggled from the floor in the third quarter scoring five points and converted two of 13.

Beside Ibarra’s hoop, the Indians received a Grote bucket and a free throw from junior forward Haley Wilson as Burroughs took a 39-12 advantage into the final quarter.

The Indians were a little more successful in the fourth quarter after drilling five of 17.

The reserves were in at this point as senior guard Taryn Mejia poured in five points including a three-pointer with a pair of free throws.

Meanwhile freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrera added four points, freshman guard Jillian Kukawski canned a three-pointer and junior forward Jocelyn Rieken added two points.

The Tornadoes (5-12 and 1-4 in league) drilled five of 38 from the field (13.1 percent) and were led by senior small forward Lilit Aghanes with seven points followed by junior guard Khiara Almendras with six points.

The Indians will face Glendale on the road next Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. start.

Meltzer, Grote Pace Burroughs To 54-16 Triumph Over Pasadena

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Experience and youth helped carry the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team to a 54-16 thrashing of visiting Pasadena on Friday night in a Pacific League encounter.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer poured in a game-high 15 points and sophomore reserve center Marin Grote tossed in 10 points as the Indians are 2-0 in league action and 9-7 overall.

“We know what we’re supposed to do,” Meltzer said. “We made some mistakes in the opening half and coach was mad. We tried to remain focused because in the long run mistakes against really good teams are going to hurt us.”

Burroughs, which hit 22 of 50 shots from the field for 44 percent, blanked Pasadena (5-10 and 0-2 in league) 11-0 in the opening quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 26-7 in the second quarter.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra attempts a shot during 54-16 win over Pasadena. Ibarra had eight points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians made 14 of 35 attempts from the floor (40 percent) in the opening half and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 39-31, who converted four of 37 for 10.8 percent.

“We did a lot of good things in the first half, but there were some things that we didn’t do well,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I’m always looking for perfection, but that’s the coach in me.”

Oganyan was pleased with the overall defensive attitude.  “I’m happy with the defensive energy,” she said.

Meltzer scored on a three-point shot in the opening quarter while Grote nailed a single free throw.

Meltzer really shined in the second quarter as she scored nine points as the Indians made 10 of 14 from the field.

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz over Pasadena. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz of the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I could have done way better like have a little more assists today,” Meltzer said.

In the same stanza Grote, a standout volleyball player, muscled her way to seven points as she tossed in two buckets and three free throws.

Senior guard Abbey Ibarra, who finished with eight points, also showed off her talents by scoring five points.

Ibarra hit a three-pointer in the second quarter after drilling a trey in the first quarter.

Junior forward Haley Wilson dropped in four points in the third quarter after scoring one point in the second quarter and finished with five points.

“My top eight are the ones who are going to lead the way for us offensively,” Oganyan said.

After three quarters the Indians were comfortably ahead of the Bulldogs, 50-10.

Freshman forward Nicole Rumfola had a strong outing as she had six points, with four points coming in the fourth quarter. Rumfola also scored a hoop in the third quarter.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff, junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, senior guard Melissa Garcia, junior forward Jocelyn Rieken and freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrea all scored two points.

Senior guard Victoria Agundez led the way for Pasadena with five points followed by sophomore forward Mariah Cathcart with four points.

The Indians will visit Arcadia on Monday in a league match. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.


Burbank Girls Smash Muir In Pacific League Opener

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank High girls’ basketball Coach Bruce Breeden had a pretty good idea that Tuesday’s Pacific League opener against overmatched and visiting Muir could turn ugly.

It did just that as the Bulldogs led 19-0 after the opening quarter and then pulled in front 34-4 at the half, en route to a 50-9 win.

Burbank converted 23 of 58 shots from the floor for 39.6 percent after drilling 16 of 33 at the intermission.

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Senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan scored six points in a 50-9 win over Muir in the Pacific League opener. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs grabbed 37 rebounds and hit three of 13 from the free-throw line.

Freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan and junior power forward Sarah Sarquiz led the way with nine points each.

“The idea that we wanted to work on was fundamentals,” Breeden said. “That’s what we wanted to stick to. Our second unit followed that plan very well.”

The Mustangs (1-5 and 0-1 in league) were held without any points in the first and third quarters.

“The first half we did what we wanted to do, while in the second half we were a little bit lazy,” Breeden pointed out.

The Bulldogs came out and connected on nine of 18 shots in the opening quarter with Tirityan scoring seven points including a three-pointer.

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Burbank junior power forward Sarah Sarquiz tallied a co-game high nine points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior center Emma Kerr tallied half of her eight points in the stanza, while senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan dropped in six points.

Burbank (11-4 and 1-0 in league) then canned seven of 15 shots from the field in the second quarter with Kerr adding four points followed by four points from Sarquiz.

The third quarter saw the Bulldogs make four of 12 from the floor as Sarquiz tossed in four points.

Sarquiz and Tirityan each scored a bucket in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs made three of 13 from the fleld.

The Mustangs connected on two of 21 shots (9.5 percent) and made five of nine from the free-throw line, while pulling down 20 rebounds.

The league schedule continues for the Bulldogs who visit Crescenta Valley on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.


Burroughs Girls Hoopsters Stay Focused

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Reaching the top is hard work and never easy, and it won’t be for the Burroughs High girls basketball team which is gunning for a fourth straight Pacific League title.

The talent is there according to Coach Vicky Oganyan, whose team went undefeated in league play at 14-0 for the second year in a row, was the top seed in the CIF Southern Section I-A playoffs, advanced to the semifinals and went 30-3.

Aside from the starters and some rotation players, this team lacks experience. “We have a lot of newcomers to the varsity and they are slowly learning the game and getting used to playing at the varsity speed,” Oganyan said. “Our eight returners will lead the way with their experience. As long as we continue working hard and playing hard, we will be alright.”

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer is a sharp-shooter and floor leader. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians are 7-7 after participating in the Valencia Tournament, Burroughs Tournament and the West Coast Holiday Tournament.

League play begins on Jan. 5 against Crescenta Valley. Burroughs will also meet Burbank on Jan.22 and will host the Bulldogs on Feb. 11.

Burroughs will be paced by 5-foot-3 senior Jordan Meltzer, who will play point and shooting guard.

“Jordan is a good outside shooter, quick and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

Senior co-captain Abbey Ibarra is 5-6 and a guard and an excellent shooter.

“Abbey can slash to the basket and is a great defender,” Oganyan noted.

Senior co-captain Brooke Radcliff is 5-7 and can play guard or forward, which makes her valuable.

“Brooke is also good at slashing to the basket and is a great rebounder and defender,” Oganyan pointed out. “She’s very tough and has improved her outside shot.”

Junior Kamryn Cardenaz is a 5-8 guard/forward and very strong. “She’s a great rebounder and is very explosive to the basket with a good outside shot,” Oganyan said.

Junior Haley Wilson is a 5-8 forward who like Cardenaz, doesn’t back down. “Haley is a strong rebounder and has improved her outside game with range and is a great defender,” Oganyan said.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra will be counted on to score, rebound, pass, defend and set the tone on the floor. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The key members off the bench include 5-9 junior forward Jocelyn Rieken.

“She has a good outside shot and inside post moves,” Oganyan said. “We’re looking to have her rebound and play tough defense.”

Marin Grote is a 6-4 sophomore center and a superb volleyball player with aspirations of playing in college.

“Marin is very athletic, agile and will help us with rebounding, scoring and defending in the paint,” Oganyan said.

Melissa Garcia is a 5-5 senior guard with an excellent shooting touch.

“Melissa will play some point and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

The newcomers will be comprised of 5-6 senior guard Taryn Mejia, who works hard and has a good outside shot according to Oganyan.

The others include 5-9 junior forward Caitlyn Pentland. “She moved up from the junior varsity and can help us with rebounding,” Oganyan said.

Vanessa Villa is a 5-11 sophomore forward/center. “Vanessa works hard and is trying to refine her game,” Oganyan said.

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Junior guard/forward Kamryn Cardenaz is strong, a good shooter, rebounder and explodes to the hoop. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The others include 5-6 freshman guard Jillian Kukawski. “Jill has gotten better over the summer and is developing her outside shot,” Oganyan said. “She’s very active, tough and will help us with hustle plays.”

Freshman guard Arianna Farias is 5-3 and is a “tough and feisty defender who looks to improve her stock,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Emily Gutierrez is a 5-5 guard and has an “accurate outside shot, is strong and can handle the ball,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Ayumi DeHerrera is a 5-1 guard with an “exceptional outside shot, quick and a rugged defender,” Oganyan said.

Freshman Nicole Rumfola is a 5-8 forward with a “terrific outside shot, is quick and a splendid defender,” according to Oganyan.

Burroughs Is Fourth In Own Tourney; Burbank Finishes Second

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Burbank Girls Hoopsters Shoot For The Top

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Yassemeen “Yazzy” Sa’ Dullah was one of the best girls basketball players in the Pacific League for several seasons, but is now toiling as a point guard for the University of West Virginia.

Because her 18 point scoring average, seven rebounds and three steals will be missing from the lineup, longtime Burbank High Coach Bruce Breeden feels it will take a “team effort” in order to fill her substantial shoes.

Last season, Sa’ Dullah helped the Bulldogs finish 16-14 overall, 9-5 in the Pacific League for third place, and advance to the second-round of CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs.

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Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden thinks the Bulldogs will be competitive in the Pacific League. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“The Pacific League looks to be between Crescenta Valley, Burroughs and Arcadia at the top,” Breeden said. “We’re in that next tier, but we could move into that top section. But I think we’re going to be competitive.”

Burbank opens its league campaign on Jan. 5 at Muir, hosts Burroughs on Jan. 22, and visits the Indians on Feb. 11.

The Bulldogs are 6-1 after playing in the San Gabriel Valley Tournament and the Burroughs Tournament.

Burbank’s starting five includes senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan, junior center Emma Kerr, junior small forward Sabrina Zakarian, senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan and freshman shooting/point guard Osanna Tirityan.

“Christina is a three-year varsity player and a two-year starter,” Breeden said of the 5-foot-8 Mkrtchyan. “She’s a hard worker and is one of the best shooters. She’s a vocal leader and a captain. This is going to be her breakout year.”

Kerr, at 6-0, is expected to be a force in the middle and contribute points and rebound. “Emma has made great strides in the off-season,” Breeden said. “She rebounds well and is a good defender.”

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Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan will have a major role this season. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Breeden sees good things from the 5-9 Zakarian. “This will be her first year on the varsity, but there’s lots of upside,” he pointed out. “She rebounds well and is developing an outside game. The only thing she lacks is varsity experience.”

Breeden said the 5-5 Sarkisyan is the boss on the floor. “Ani is the floor leader and she has a year of experience,” he said. “She’s getting stronger and has really worked on her game.”

According to Breeden, the 5-9 Tirityan is still developing her skills. “The big thing with Osanna is that she has a lot of upside,” he said. “She has good size and has an excellent basketball IQ. She’ll have a major role this season.”

Senior shooting guard Lenneah Hope-Pasion is 5-9, and the first off the bench. “She’s high energy and smart,” Breeden said. “She always knows where the ball is and she likes to run and is an exciting player.”

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Junior center Emma Kerr will be asked to score, rebound and play defense. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Meanwhile 5-8 junior power forward Sarah Sarquiz is coming off a torn ACL, but is happy to be getting a chance to play basketball.

“She’s just excited to put on a uniform,” Breeden said. “She likes to bang on defense and is a great utility player. Right now she’s not in playing shape but will be by the time Pacific League starts.”

The rest of the team shapes up as follows: 5-7 senior guard Coleen Shamalian, 5-5 senior point guard Celine Shamalian, 5-4 senior shooting guard Jamie Alonzo, 5-7 junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian, 5-6 junior shooting guard Emily Pennings, and 5-4 freshman shooting/point guard Rita Khechumyan.

SPORTS SHORTS: Girls Basketball – All Good Things Must End

All Good Things Must End

The fairytale season that the Burbank High girls’ basketball team enjoyed came to an end on Tuesday at the hands of Summit High.

The CIF Southern Section’s Division IA top seed, Summit, advanced by way of their 72-49 win over the Bulldogs — who were the 13th seed in the Division and the only non top seed to reach the final four.

The Skyhawks — six time Sunset League champions — improved to 26-3, Burbank ends its season an impressive 19-12. The Bulldogs finished second in the Pacific League this season, won a record 19 games and advanced to the semifinals for the first time ever.

Summit features three players 6-feet or taller dominated Burbank down low. The Bulldogs tallest player is listed at 5-foot-10. Summit had scored as many as 88 points on the season and had held opponents to as few as eight, so the Bulldogs made a respectable showing, especially in spurts of the second and third quarters.

Senior Damarie Gonzalez, playing in her final game, scored 16 points to lead Burbank. Jamie Gonzalez and Aja Locke each had eight points.


Burbank High baseball committed eight errors in a 9-3 loss at Rio Mesa on Tuesday, February 28 — including four from shortstop Dylan Mersola and two from catcher Paul Frias who are the Bulldogs top two players.

The Bulldogs now have 14 errors in three games on the season, a large reason while they are 0-3.

Rio Mesa had nine hits, all singles, and four players with two hits apiece. It led 2-0 after the opening inning of play, however the score remained unchanged until the fifth when it broke open a close game with a four-run inning.

Burbank had just three hits, one from Frias, Mersola and pitcher Angel Villagran.

Burroughs Falls Flat

The Indians’ baseball team hasn’t found it any easier thus far this season. Burroughs lost at home to Lancaster, Tuesday, 5-1 and is 0-3 with highly-regarded Crespi looming in the fourth game of the Easton Southern California Showdown on Thursday.

Dillon Disiere threw two scoreless innings of relief and Chris Davies has a single, a walk and a stolen base and was one of the few mentionable offensive sparks for the Indians.

“Just an inexcusable loss for us, a really frustrating one,” Coach Kiel Holmes said. “Our effort has gone backwards since the opener and that is not acceptable. We clearly have a long way to go before we are ready for league play we’re just going to have to get back to work and figure it out.”