Defensive Tilt

The opening quarter of the Burroughs High girls’ Pacific League basketball game against host Burbank wasn’t close, but the rest of the contest was.

With the score tied in the waning moments, junior center Sierra Brown (seven points and seven rebounds) put in a hoop off a rebound that came after a missed free throw from senior guard Paula Galicia (eight points) as Burroughs escaped with a 36-35 triumph last Friday evening.

After Brown’s bucket the lead became four points when senior forward Jakarra Waddell (five points) nailed two free throws with 14 seconds left, while the final hoop came on a three-pointer from Burbank’s Yassemeen Sa’ Dullah with five seconds.

“We missed boxing out,’’ said the junior shooting guard who dropped in a game-best 18 points. “We did a terrible job of boxing out. We have to shake this off because we have another league game against Pasadena [on the road Tuesday], but it’s not going to be easy.”

Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan was pleased, but expected a tight match. “If the two teams have talented players anyone can win,’’ she said. “We had a good start because it took a while for Burbank to adjust to us defensively.”

The Bulldogs (12-9 and 4-3 in league) couldn’t find their shooting eye early as they missed nine of 10 from the field, while the Indians (15-6 and 7-0 in league) made five of 19 and led, 11-2, heading into the second quarter.

“We did everything we needed to do,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Bruce Breeden. “It got down to three possessions. It took a while to get going. They played real hard-nosed defense. We allowed their pressure to stop what we do.”

Breeden added: “How do you practice against that? It’s hard to emulate that pressure. We just didn’t finish the game, but I’m proud of what the girls did.”

The roles were reversed in the second quarter as the Bulldogs found their shooting touch and outscored the Indians, 17-9, as Sa’ Dullah scored eight points.

Burroughs (14 of 50 shots from the floor for 28 percent) scored seven points in the third quarter and limited the Bulldogs (30 percent on 15 of 50) to six points.

The final quarter began with each team missing three shots until Sa’ Dullah canned a trey as 5:40 remained and gave the Bulldogs a 28-27 lead.

Junior small forward Davina Del Castillo had eight points with 11 rebounds for Burroughs, while senior guard Sharis Ghazeri had 10 points for Burbank.

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