Burroughs wins 51-41

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A trio of Burroughs High girls’ basketball players each tallied 11 points in a 51-41 win over Burbank in a Pacific League match last Thursday night.

Nicole Rumfola, Faith Boulanger and Kayla Wrobel accounted for 33 points and combined for nine points during a 20-point second quarter for the Indians, who fell behind 9-7 in the first quarter, but led 27-19 at the half after making 10 of 27 for 37 percent, while host Burbank shot 30 percent on six of 20.

Rumfola, a senior forward, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out four assists, scored six points on two three-pointers in the opening half.

Boulanger, a sophomore center, delivered seven points in the initial half and Wrobel, a sophomore power forward, had a game-high 14 rebounds and scored eight points in the second half.

“Our league is a tough league,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan. “If you expect to not come in and have a tough game, you really don’t know what’s happening.’’

The Indians (21-7 and 10-4 in league) made 17 of 49 for 34.6 percent and the Bulldogs hammered 14 of 41 for 34.1 percent.

Burroughs senior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski scored all of her points in the second period.

Senior swingman Osanna Tirityan dropped in a game-best 20 points for the Bulldogs (15-13 and 6-8 in league) and had 14 points in the second half.

“What it came down to is that they handed us such a bad beating the first time we played them and in this game we needed to know that they can compete,’’ said Burbank co-Head Coach Jett Del Mundo, whose team lost 71-34 in the first meeting. “We started out well and they made a run and it took us a little while to regain our composure. But then we answered and our will to win was there and we fought.’’

Burroughs hit six three-pointers with Kukawski drilling two and Burbank (eight of 18 free throws for 44.4 percent) made five treys with sophomore shooting guard Erika Montoya (nine points) converting three.

Burroughs (11 of 24 free tosses for 45.8 percent) led 40-31 after three frames.

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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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