Sometimes in heated rivalry games, surprises occur, like the home team losing.
Last Friday night, that’s what happened when visiting Burroughs High upended Burbank 54-42 in a Pacific League girls’ basketball matchup.
In a mild surprise, freshman power forward Faith Boulanger scored a team-best 18 points and snared six rebounds for the Indians.
What wasn’t a shocker was that junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan tallied a game-best 19 points.
“She’s a great player, so it’s hard to stop her with just one,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan, who double-teamed the All-CIF Southern Section player. “The game plan was to try and stop her, try to rebound and limit them to one shot.’’
Burbank junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan had 15 points and freshman small forward Jayla Flowers dropped in eight.
Trailing 8-0, the Indians (13-8 and 4-3 in league) led 16-11 after the first quarter and were never headed.
Junior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski scored nine points, six coming in the opening half when the Indians led 32-15 after hitting 15 of 36 for 41.6 percent.
Senior center Marin Grote scored four points, but pulled down nine rebounds and handed out five assists for Burroughs.
The Indians held the Bulldogs (8-13 and 3-4 in league) to six of 20 (30 percent) from the field at the break and 15 of 46 (32.6 percent) overall.
Burbank outscored Burroughs (23 of 64 for 35.9 percent) 13-7 in the third period with Tirityan scoring seven points and canning the first of two three-pointers.
In the third frame, freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo (10 points and seven caroms) and Kukawski both nailed treys and Boulanger a free throw.
Boulanger scored six points, junior point guard Ariana Farias (eight points) hit a pair of three-pointers and Del Castillo one trey in the fourth quarter.
Tirityan scored six points, Flowers five and Aslanyan three points in the fourth period.
Burroughs and Burbank each had 13 turnovers and each grabbed 39 rebounds.