Burroughs moves past Burbank

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An eight point, first quarter advantage set the tone for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team last Thursday evening in front of a packed gym when it faced rival Burbank.

What followed was more of the same as the host Indians took out the Bulldogs 54-41 in a Pacific League finale.

Burbank made it somewhat close after getting within 39-34 with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter, but Burroughs (21-7 and 11-3 in league), which will host Buena in a CIF Southern Section Division II-AA first-round playoff match on Thursday, went on a 15-7 blitz.

Freshman power forward Faith Boulanger scored a game-best 23 points and had eight points in the first quarter as the Indians moved ahead 19-11.

Senior center Marin Grote played in her last regular season home game. “I just wanted to come out and play our game and not worry about the festivities,’’ said Grote, who dropped in eight points with a game-high 14 rebounds and seven blocks. “I just wanted to come out like a team and play like a team and I think that we did.’’

Each squad accounted for eight points in the second period with Boulanger and junior point guard Ariana Farias (nine points with five assists) both tallying three points.

Freshman small forward Jayla Flowers (team-best 15 points) had 10 points in the first stanza and four in the second period for the Bulldogs (30.6 percent on 15 of 49 shooting).

Boulanger’s five points in the third quarter helped the Indians (37.2 percent on 19 of 51) ease in front 36-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Boulanger, who made eight of nine free throws, capped off her night with seven points in the fourth quarter as the Indians outscored the Bulldogs, who missed the playoffs, 18-12.

Junior power forward Sofia Aslanyan scored 12 points with six caroms and junior shooting guard Osanna Tirityan delivered 11 points with six rebounds for the Bulldogs (11-19 and 5-9 in league).

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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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