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Burbank High’s Osanna Tirityan stands 5-foot-8, is an offensive and defensive force and Head Coach John Wells believes she will help the Bulldogs challenge for the Pacific League title.

“Osanna is a captain and a two-time All-CIF selection and a two-time Pacific League first-team pick,’’ he said of his junior shooting guard, who averaged 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. “She’s a great scorer, a great rebounder and an all-around player.’’

The Bulldogs went 14-15 and 5-7 in league, tied with Arcadia for fifth place and didn’t qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burbank begins league action at Hoover on January 3 and will host Burroughs on January 19 and visit the Indians on February 8.

Wells thinks this squad has an excellent chance to make the postseason. “The tournaments will help and give them game experience,’’ he said. “The talent is there. We’re a young team. We graduated 10 girls and only two return.’’

Wells added: “We just need to play with one another. I like the pieces around her,’’ he noted.

They include 5-5 junior point guard Emily Monterrey, a strong passer who goes hard to the basket according to Wells.

Senior guard Sophia Jimenez is 5-5, a captain, a spot-up shooter and a great defender said Wells.

Sophomore Brianna Castro is 5-5, also plays in the backcourt and is a superior shooter according to Wells.

The lone forward is 5-9 junior Sofia Aslanyan, an offensive rebounder with a strong post presence, but will be asked to play more than just the post said Wells.

Coming off the bench will be 5-9 senior forward Katelynn Monterrey, 5-6 senior forward Sabrina Feldman, 5-2 senior guard Abisha Noriega, 5-5 senior forward Amber Kassens, 5-4 senior forward Kaylee Rivas, 5-4 junior guard Jasmine Chavez, 5-3 junior guard Desi Gomez and 5-4 junior forward Dakota Cortez.

The rest of the team includes 5-6 freshman forward Jayla Flowers, 5-7 freshman forward Rukhshana Payind and 5-4 freshman guard Erika Montoya.

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Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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