Burroughs gets revenge

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Revenge was sweet for the Burroughs High girls water polo team after taking out visiting San Marino 11-8 in a nonleague match last Thursday.

On December 1 in the Burbank Tournament, the Titans (8-2) edged the Indians 10-9 in overtime.

“They got it together at the end, which was good,’’ Burroughs Head Coach Jacob Cook said. “They got the stops on defense and they played at the end how they should have played the whole game.’’

Senior utility Gwendolyn Turla and senior setter Bianca Sanchez each tossed in four goals for the Indians, who scored the last four against the CIF Southern Section Division VI No. 3-ranked squad.

Turla’s 10-footer with 2:11 left in the second period made it 4-3 in favor of the Indians and her mid-pool shot with one second left gave Burroughs a 5-4 edge.

Sanchez’s eight-foot dart opened the scoring with 4:48 left in the first period and Sanchez’s goal with 16 seconds on the ticker in the same frame tied it at 2-2.

When Turla scored on a 12-foot blast from junior utility Aleah Orozco’s assist and 2:14 showing in the fourth quarter, the lead became 10-8 and Turla’s 14-foot bullet with 1:39 left in the same period made it 11-8.

“They did beat us by one and we were shaken up by it because we were really upset,’’ said Turla. “Knowing that we could come back and beat them and have our team build up some stamina and more endurance really helped us beat them. Overall this team played really well and I’m really proud of them.’’

Sanchez’s goal from eight feet pushed the Indians ahead 7-5 with 1:52 left in the third quarter and her eight-footer with 2:47 left in the fourth stanza gave Burroughs (4-2) a 9-8 cushion.

Senior attacker Cameron Flores knocked in a laser from 10 feet and 5:10 left in the second period that knotted it at 3-3, Orozco added a 10-footer on an assist from Sanchez with 2:57 left in the third quarter for a 6-5 lead and junior attacker Camila Panoza delivered an eight-footer with 4:56 left in the final frame that tied it at 8-8.

The Titans were paced in scoring by freshman Isabella Lee with four goals.

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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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