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Burroughs Girls Basketball Fends Off Host Burbank 51-41

By Rick Assad

 

Basketball is usually filled with momentum shifts, and it was as a 20-point eruption in the second quarter by the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team helped tilt its Pacific League finale against host Burbank in favor of the Indians.

Osanna Tirityan scored a game-high 20 points for Burbank in a 51-41 loss to Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kayla Wrobel, Nicole Rumfola and Faith Boulanger each dropped in 11 points in a 51-41 decision over the Bulldogs on Thursday night before a capacity crowd.

“Our league is a tough league,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “If you expect to not come in and have a tough game, you really don’t know what’s happening.”

Oganyan doesn’t mind using the bench and has confidence in that group.

“We always tell them. Be ready to go. If your number gets called and you go in the game, it’s your opportunity to perform,” she said.

Kayla Wrobel (#11) and Nicole Rumfola (#0) battle for the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (15-13 and 6-8 in league) came out strong and took a 9-7 lead into the second quarter as four players scored, including senior swingman Osanna Tirityan, who tallied two of her game-high 20 points.

Tirityan delivered 14 points in the second half.

The Indians (21-7 and 10-4 in league), who outrebounded the Bulldogs, 41-30, hit seven of 15 attempts in the second quarter.

Burroughs outscored Burbank 20-10 in the period and led 27-19 heading into the locker room.

The Indians, who will likely play a CIF Southern Section playoff game on the road, committed eight turnovers at the half, but only three in the second half.

Emily Monterrey looks for an open player while being guarded by Ariana Farias. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Six players scored for Burroughs, which ended the regular season with three consecutive victories after falling to visiting Crescenta Valley 32-29 on Jan. 22, including Jillian Kukawski, who had all eight points in the second frame.

Kukawski, a senior shooting guard, nailed two key three-pointers and a hoop.

A trey from Kukawski at the 4:40 mark made it 19-14 and Kukawski’s three-pointer with 2:10 left pushed the lead to 25-14.

The third quarter belonged to Rumfola, a senior forward who scored six points as the Indians (34.6 percent on 17 of 49 from the field) forged ahead 40-31.

Rumfola grabbed nine rebounds and handed out four assists while Wrobel, a sophomore power forward, snatched a game-best 14 rebounds.

Kayla Wrobel, who scored 11 points, is shown going to the basket. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tirityan tallied nine points in the third period for the Bulldogs (14 of 41 from the floor for 34.1 percent).

Boulanger, a sophomore center, had seven points at the half and canned one of the six three-pointers made by Burroughs.

“What it came down to is that they handed us such a bad beating [71-34] the first time we played them and that in this game my girls needed to know that they can compete,” Burbank co-coach Jett Del Mundo said. “We started out well and they made a run and it took us a little while to regain our composure. But then we answered and our will to win was there and we fought.”

A third and final three-pointer from sophomore shooting guard Erika Montoya (nine points) sliced the Indians’ margin to 40-34 with 5:45 left, but Rumfola’s trey with 2:05 showing gave Burroughs a 48-38 advantage.

Neither squad was especially effective at the free-throw line as Burroughs made 11 of 24 for 45.8 percent and Burbank, which hit five treys and isn’t guaranteed a CIF playoff spot, connected on eight of 18 for 44.4 percent.

Junior guard Ariana Farias tossed in five points, junior guard A’sia Morales added four points and senior forward Jhazmin Piitts tacked on one point for the Indians.

Senior center Sofia Aslanyan scored five points and junior guard Briana Castro had three points for Burbank.

Sophomore small forward Jayla Flowers along with senior point guard Emily Monterrey each added two points for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Steamroll Rival Burbank, 71-34

By Rick Assad
 
 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burbank Girls Basketball Cruises To 59-43 Triumph Over Muir

By Rick Assad

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burroughs Girls Hoops Tame Visiting Burbank 54-41

By Rick Assad

 

After a pedestrian 3-3 record to commence the Pacific League portion of its schedule, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team rallied and ended with an eight-game winning streak that included a 54-41 victory over visiting Burbank on Thursday night.

The Indians, with the triumph, are locked in a three-way tie with Glendale and Crescenta Valley, which fell to Arcadia 57-47.

Burroughs senior center Marin Grote scored eight points with 14 rebounds and seven blocks in a 54-41 win over Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Backed by freshman power forward Faith Boulanger’s game-best 23 points, the Indians (21-7 and 11-3 in league) led from start to finish and now await Sunday’s CIF Southern Section playoff pairings.

A coin flip will determine the actual order each team will finish and also help seed the squads.

“The teams in our league are pretty good,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “The coaches are good. It’s never easy, even when you’re up it doesn’t mean anything. The other teams are always going to make a run. I like the way our team responded.”

Boulanger scored in every quarter, but was especially effective in the first and fourth periods.

Burbank shooting guard Osanna Tirityan dropped in 11 points and had eight points at halftime. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs darted ahead 39-29 with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter after junior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski (five points) canned a three-pointer.

But with 4:19 remaining, a hoop from Burbank junior point guard Emily Monterrey (three points) trimmed the lead to 39-34.

The Indians were in front 19-11 after the first quarter with Boulanger tallying eight points.

Boulanger’s total offset Burbank freshman small forward Jayla Flowers, who had 10 of her team-best 15 points in the opening stanza.

“We came out and we played tough. We weren’t over excited,” Burbank coach John Wells said after his team went 11-19 and 5-9 in league for sixth and will miss the playoffs. “We were right there where we needed to be. We played them a lot tougher than the first time.”

Freshman small forward Jayla Flowers led the way for the Bulldogs with 15 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wells noted the game after Monterrey’s hoop could have gone either way.

“A couple of bounces go our way, it goes from five to one,” he said. “The bounces go their way, it goes from five to nine.”

In the initial frame, senior center Marin Grote (eight points) and junior point guard Ariana Farias (nine points with five assists) each scored four points for the Indians, who shot 37.2 percent (19 of 51) from the field.

“I just wanted to come out and play our game and not worry about any of the festivities,” said Grote, who grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds with seven blocks. “I just wanted to come out like a team and play like a team and I think that we did.”

Burroughs was held to eight points in the second quarter with Boulanger and Farias each dropping in three points, while freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel scored two points.

Flowers delivered four points in the second quarter, while junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan had two of her 11 points for the Bulldogs, who made 15 of 49 for 30.6 percent.

Emily Monterrey’s hoop with 4:19 left cut Burroughs’ lead to 39-34. Monterrey is being guarded by Ariana Farias (#2) and Faith Boulanger (#32), who scored a game-best 23 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank outscored Burroughs 10-9 in the third quarter with Tirityan and junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan (12 points and six rebounds) each tallying four points and trailed 36-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Boulanger’s seven points in the fourth period helped the Indians outscore the Bulldogs 18-12.

Meanwhile, Aslanyan accounted for six points and Tirityan, an All-CIF performer last season, pulled down six rebounds and added four points in the final period.

Burroughs freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo scored four points including a trey in the first quarter and senior point guard Jenny Galvan contributed a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

The Indians were successful on 11 of 15 from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs made 11 of 22 and were outrebounded 39-33.

Burbank Girls Basketball Nearly Upsets Glendale

The effort was certainly there and the atmosphere appeared to favor the Burbank High girls’ basketball team at home Friday evening when the Bulldogs hosted Glendale High in a Pacific League contest.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

But the Nitros and Jillian Yanai had other things in mind, as the senior guard led Glendale to a 52-49 victory.

“We made a lot of turnovers in the first half. I think if we played better in the first half, we’d have won the game,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “It doesn’t come down to close calls at the end if we played better in the first half. We did what we needed to do. We took it to the hoop and they were in foul trouble all game. We were making our free throws.”

Yanai kept the Nitros (16-7 overall, 8-1 in the league) in the game by hitting some clutch shots. She finished with a game-high 29 points.

“I’ve been working on it for a very long time, so I’m glad it came through tonight,” Yanai said of her shot.

Burbank (9-14, 4-5 in the league) actually led at the end of the first quarter, 12-8, and at halftime, 21-19.

Both teams fought back in the third quarter as the lead changed four times.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank last led with 3:15 left in the quarter when Osanna Tirityan hit a free throw to make it 30-29. She led Burbank with 22 points.

“We offensive rebound very well. It’s part of our offense. Osanna shares the ball really well. We played hard defense. If we don’t give up second-chance points and control the offensive glass we’re going to be in every game,” Wells said. “Our Achilles heel is that we turn the ball over.  It’s usually in the first half and then we settle down and get in the groove. We just have to get better in the first half.”

Burbank tied things up at 38 with 5:53 to play as Emily Monterrey’s shot banked in off the glass.

The Bulldogs got within two points with 1:32 to play on a basket by freshman Jayla Flowers.

After a Burbank timeout, Yanai completed a three-point play for the Nitros to push the lead to 47-42.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank made a late push with a three-pointer from Tirityan and a basket by Sofia Aslanyan. But the Bulldogs were unable to get a shot off after Glendale missed a free throw with 1.7 seconds left.

The Bulldogs got 11 points from Sophia Jimenez. Flowers finished with eight points and Aslanyan had six points. Monterrey had two points.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Holds Off Feisty Burbank

By Rick Assad

 

It wasn’t too difficult to figure out that the Burroughs High girls’ basketball was going to double-team Burbank’s Osanna Tirityan and force others to beat them.

For the most part, the tactic worked because the visiting Indians prevailed 54-42 in a Pacific League contest on Friday night.

Even with two defenders draped all over Tirityan, the junior shooting guard managed to pour in a game-best 19 points for the Bulldogs, who had only three players score.

Burroughs junior guard Jillian Kukawski, who scored nine points, looks to pass the basketball against Burbank, which lost 54-42. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“She’s a great player, so it’s hard to stop her with just one,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “The game plan was to try and stop her, try to rebound and limit them to one shot.”

Burroughs (13-8 and 4-3 in league) had seven players score including freshman power forward Faith Boulanger, who tallied a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Burroughs freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo finished with 10 points and seven caroms and freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel, who didn’t score, pulled down seven boards.

Aside from the opening four minutes, the Indians controlled much of the tempo and probably played their best league game.

“As far league, I would say yes, but we’ve had other moments in the season,” Oganyan said.

The Indians’ Ariana Farias is keeping a close eye on Burbank junior guard Emily Monterrey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs outscored Burbank in every frame except the third when Burbank (8-13 and 3-4 in league) dropped in 13 points while limiting the Indians, who shot 35.9 percent (23 of 64) from the field, to seven points.

“We went away with what was working in that first quarter,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “They stuck to their game plan and took away Osanna and made others beat them.”

Wells went on: “They were running two at her and she did a pretty good job of passing,” he noted. “We got tired. We gotta keep attacking. We gotta do a better job of finding the gaps and attacking.”

Behind seven points from Boulanger and four points from junior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski (nine points), the Indians powered ahead 16-11 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs actually led 8-0 on a follow-up bucket from Tirityan with 5:20 left in the initial period, but the Indians then outscored the Bulldogs 16-3.

The Indians pulled ahead 24-15 with 3:40 left on the clock in the second period on a put-back from Boulanger.

When senior center Marin Grote (four points, nine rebounds and five assists) scored from close range and 1:59 left in the second quarter, the Indians moved ahead 28-15.

“We ask her to be aggressive,” Oganyan said of Grote. “She has games when she’s not. She did better in the second half.”

The Indians made 15 of 36 shots at halftime and were in front 32-15, while the Bulldogs (32.6 percent on 15 of 46) hit six of 20 at the break with junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan tallying eight of her 15 points.

In the third period, the Indians made two of 13 from the floor and one of four from the free-throw line.

The Bulldogs hit five of 11 from the field, two of two from the charity stripe and came within 39-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Indians, who drained six three-pointers compared to two for the Bulldogs, righted the ship in the final frame, making six of 15 and saw junior point guard Ariana Farias score six of her eight points after hitting a pair of three-pointers and Boulanger tallying six points.

Freshman small forward Jayla Flowers tacked on eight points for the Bulldogs, seven coming in the second half.

The Bulldogs converted 10 of 18 free throws and committed 13 turnovers while the Indians hit two of six free throws and also had 13 turnovers.

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.