In the strictest sense, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team had a highly successful season despite losing to JSerra Catholic 35-27 in a CIF Southern Section Division II-AA second-round match last Saturday.
The Indians (22-8), who finished in a three-way tie in the Pacific League, fell behind 10-9 in the first quarter to the Lions (21-7) and were outscored 10-3 in the second period.
Freshman power forward Faith Boulanger dropped in eight points, freshman shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo had six points, junior point guard Ariana Farias tossed in six with four assists and senior center Marin Grote had five points with six rebounds and six blocks.
On Thursday in a first-round game against visiting Buena, the Indians prevailed 41-38.
“I think with three freshmen starting we did a pretty good job of handling it,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan of Buena’s defensive pressure.
Boulanger finished with a game-best 16 points, freshman power forward Kayla Wrobel scored seven points and Grote had eight points with 12 rebounds and five blocks.
Burroughs made 16 of 35 from the field for 45.7 percent while Buena shot 32.6 percent on 16 of 49.
“Once we calmed down we were able to handle it really well,’’ said Boulanger, who had 10 points in the second half of Buena’s defensive intensity. “I think our composure really helped us out during this game. We know we need to stay calm at the end of the game.’’
The Bulldogs led 14-9 after the first period, but then trailed 23-21 at the half as Boulanger (nine caroms, four assists and three blocks) scored six points.
Burroughs held Buena (13-10) to two points in the third period as it made one of 14 and moved ahead 33-23 behind eight points from Boulanger.
Buena scored 15 points in the fourth frame as sophomore Gianna Falccochia had four of her team-best 11 points and sophomore Kaydn Mew scored five of her seven points.