Burroughs girls’ basketball reaching for top

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After winning the Pacific League title four years in a row, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team had to settle for being tied for second place last season.

Head Coach Vicky Oganyan knows that getting to the top isn’t going to be easy.

“League should be tough,’’ she said. “There are a lot of good coaches and good teams.’’

Oganyan believes that the Indians will be able to challenge for first place. “The girls have had a good summer and fall by playing a lot of good competition,’’ she said. “Our focus will be being tough defensively, playing hard and competing every second.’’

If the Indians (17-12 and 8-4 in league) take league it will be in part because of 6-foot-4 senior center Marin Grote and 5-3 junior point guard Ariana Farias.

Grote, who will play volleyball at the University of Washington, averaged 12.1 rebounds, 9.4 points, 4.6 blocks, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and was selected all-league.

“Both started last year and are expected to lead the way,’’ said Oganyan, whose team fell in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs.

Seven saw time on the court last season and they include five junior guards, 5-7 Jillian Kukawski, 5-2 Ayumi DeHerrera, 5-6 Camryn Lotka, 5-5 Emily Gutierrez and 5-9 Nicole Rumfola, who will also toil at forward.

Two sophomore guards, 5-6 Sophie Hawkins and 5-6 A’sia Morales also played.

“We are counting on Sophie to be a scorer and A’sia is a slasher to the rim, a good rebounder and great defensively,’’ said Oganyan.

Senior guard Jenny Galvan, at 5-3, played on the junior varsity and is expected to contribute.

There are five freshmen and they include 5-7 guard Dyani Del Castillo, 5-11 forward Faith Boulanger, 5-9 forward Kayla Wrobel, 5-5 guard Liliana Gonzalez and 6-0 center Sydney Martin.

“Dyani is a great athlete who is everywhere on the court and a great rebounder, while Faith will be looked at as a scorer and Kayla is a great rebounder and has good instincts for the game,’’ said Oganyan.

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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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