Few things are going to deter Burroughs High’s Aysia Shellmire from her appointed rounds.
With a soft shooting touch, the senior center led the Indians to a 54-46 Pacific League win last Friday over Burbank after scoring a game-high 19 points with nine rebounds in a match that gave the hosts sole possession of first place in league.
“I think we knew even with the big lead we were going to have to hang on,’’ said Shellmire, referring to the 16-point halftime bulge. “It was really loud in there and they [teammates]were having a hard time hearing me so I had to give hand signals.”
The Indians (17-3 and 6-1 in league) led 16-5 after the first quarter while limiting Burbank (9-11 and 5-2 in league) to one of 14 from the floor, and outscored the Bulldogs, 12-7, in the second quarter.
“I think Burbank had a tough time in the first half,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan. “I was surprised we were ahead by 16 at the half, but I knew they were going to come back because they have players who can make plays.”
The Bulldogs shot 12 percent (three of 25) in the opening half, but drilled 41.1 percent (14 of 34) in the second half, and came within 37-30 with 6:55 left in the fourth quarter when senior shooting guard Jamie Gonzalez (team-high 13 points) stole the ball and put in a layup. Burbank got within 48-41 after senior center Courtney Seidler (12 points) put in a hoop as 2:25 remained.
Shellmire dropped in two points in the first quarter, and six in the second quarter as the Indians shot 33.3 percent (10 of 30) at the half.
Shellmire’s four-point third quarter was topped by seven points in the final quarter when the Bulldogs made a late run.
“We were 0 for 11 underneath the basket in the first half,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Bruce Breeden, “and 13 or 14 for 16 underneath the basket in the second half. Hey, we came back. We made some mistakes, but they’re all fixable.”
The Indians’ Paulina Galicia (four points) scored to stem the tide with 4:50 left that made it 41-30, and Davina Del Castillo (six points) scored with 2:50 showing that gave Burroughs a 48-36 lead.
Delaney Nicol tallied nine points for Burroughs, while Bailee Trotta finished with nine points.
Lysette Perez scored eight points for the Bulldogs and Sharis Ghazeri added seven as Burbank canned nine of 18 in the fourth quarter, including two of its three-pointers and outscored the Indians, 22-17.