Burroughs should be good

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When it comes to skill and talent, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team is fairly loaded.

This is true despite the graduation of 6-foot-4 center Marin Grote, a two-way star who plays volleyball for the University of Washington.

“I expect our team to be prepared and competitive in every game,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan. “As usual our league will be very tough. Arcadia, Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena are all returning very good talent.’’

Coming back for the Indians, a perennial Pacific League power who went 23-8 and 11-3 in league and made the CIF Southern Section playoffs, is Faith Boulanger, a first-team, all-league selection.

Boulanger, a 5-11 sophomore power forward/center, averaged 12.7 points with 7.3 rebounds.

One key Boulanger possesses is poise under pressure. Even in big games and when pressured, Boulanger handles herself with aplomb.

Boulanger set herself apart with a keen shooting eye, strong defense and solid rebounding.

Kayla Wrobel, a 5-10 sophomore power forward was a second-team, all-league pick after tossing in 5.4 points and grabbing 5.2 caroms.

Dyani Del Castillo, a 5-8 sophomore shooting guard, who was tabbed as an honorable mention, averaged 5.6 points with 4.4 boards.

Ariana Farias, a 5-3 senior point guard is a returning starter and will set the tone on offense.

Other returning players include Nicole Rumfola, a 5-9 senior forward, Camryn Lotka, a 5-7 senior shooting guard, Emily Gutierrez, a 5-4 senior point guard, Jillian Kukawski, a 5-7 senior shooting guard, Sophie Hawkins, a 5-7 junior shooting guard and A’sia Morales, a 5-7 junior shooting guard.

There are newcomers including seniors Jordyn Jackson and Jhazmin Pitts, both having played on the junior varsity last season as well as freshman Noor Fahs.

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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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