Brown leads a Westchester win over Burbank

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At times it may have appeared 6-foot-3 Westchester High junior center Destiny Brown was on a pogo stick.

On numerous occasions, Brown would toss up a shot from close range, but if the attempt was off target, would then leap off the floor and put the basketball up hoping for a different result.

Brown’s game-best 30 points pushed the Comets to a 46-32 win over Burbank at the Bulldog gym last Thursday in the 2017 West Coast Holiday Festival.

“Our game plan was to shut her down as best we could,’’ said Burbank Head Coach John Wells of Brown, who had 22 points at halftime. “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.’’

Aside from being tied 14-14 after the first quarter, Westchester (10-1) led 26-19 at the half and 39-21 at the end of the third period.

Junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan led the way for the Bulldogs (4-8) with 15 points and added eight rebounds with four assists.

Westchester hit 18 of 61 from the field for 29.5 percent, while Burbank made 12 of 51 for 23.5 percent.

Brown poured in 10 points in the initial frame and collected 12 points in the second period as the Comets converted 10 of 35 from the floor (28.5 percent) at the break.

The Bulldogs drilled six of 14 in the opening period with freshman small forward Jayla Flowers scoring all of her points (five), while junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan tallied four of her nine points and Tirityan five.

Burbank managed two of 10 in the second quarter with Tirityan canning the second of four three-pointers and Aslanyan a bucket.

Brown had six points in the third stanza as the Comets outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 with Tirityan and Aslanyan each making a free throw.

Burbank, which committed 15 turnovers to 13 for Westchester, outscored the Comets 11-7 in the final period.

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The Sports Department 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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