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Osanna Tirityan is a complete basketball player for the Burbank High girls’ hoop team.

Tirityan is a senior small forward for the Bulldogs, who went 10-18 and 5-9 in the Pacific League last season.

Burbank has a 5-2 record this campaign and will visit city rival Burroughs on Friday, January 11 and will host the Indians on Thursday, January 31.

Tirityan averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds and was named all-league, first-team for the third straight season.

“She does everything for us,’’ said Bruce Breeden, the one-time head coach and now interim coach of the 5-foot-9 Tirityan, who can score from anywhere on the floor and is an excellent passer.

In past seasons, Tirityan has been asked to do many things on the basketball court and there were instances when it was too much of a burden.

For instance, Tirityan had to dribble the ball up the court and then locate the open shooter.

In some cases, Tirityan was the best option and the opponent knew this and double teamed her.

Tirityan would always give her very finest effort and have the team’s goal paramount in her mind.

Sofia Aslanian is a 5-10 senior power forward and also a three-year starter.

“Sofia controls the boards and gives us leadership,’’ said Breeden.

Brianna Castro is a 5-5 junior shooting guard and Jayla Flowers is a 5-7 sophomore shooting guard/small forward.

“Jayla is a great athlete,’’ Breeden said of Flowers, who was tabbed as an honorable mention. “Brianna is our best shooter,’’ Breeden said of Castro.

Emily Monterrey is a 5-5 senior point guard, Jasmine Chavez is a 5-3 point guard and Roxy Pinad is a 5-6 sophomore point guard.

Also on the squad are Dacota Cortez, a 5-6 senior small forward, Adel Banbarian, a 5-9 junior power forward, Adrianna Cabrera, a 5-8 junior small forward and Kim Pimentel, a 5-4 sophomore point guard.

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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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