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Falcons fall behind and can't catch up

Basketball: CV High girls handed 58-44 league defeat by Burroughs.

January 25, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — Since joining the Pacific League five years ago, the Burroughs High girls' basketball team has had its share of close battles with Crescenta Valley.

During the four-year span, the teams took turns besting one another, as the Indians finished ahead of the Falcons twice and Crescenta Valley finished ahead of Burroughs twice. In addition, the squads never placed lower than fourth place in league.

This season things have changed, however, as the Falcons field a young, inexperienced team and the Indians field one of the most successful teams in years.

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That trend was evident Monday, as Burroughs earned a 58-44 home league victory, giving the Indians a season sweep of the Falcons.

The Indians — ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division II-AA — defeated Crescenta Valley, 49-36, in their first meeting Jan. 4.

The win was important for Burroughs (17-4, 7-1 in league) because it keeps it in first place in league with six games remaining. The Indians haven't captured a league championship since 1978.

Burroughs took control of the game early, forcing the Falcons (10-10, 3-5) to play catch-up.

"I think that was our biggest problem tonight; we fell behind too early in the game and we had too far go to battle back," Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez said. "I was happy with the way that we played at times, and I think we did some good things in the game. [Burroughs] just had too much of a lead early."

The Indians, who have won 10 of their last 11, came out and played a swarming zone defense, forcing the Falcons into taking their share of shots from the outside. Crescenta Valley connected on many of those shots, as it made seven three-pointers.

The Falcons were paced by senior Sarah Yoon, who scored 17 points, including three three-pointers.

Crescenta Valley, however, had no answer for the inside presence of Burroughs center Aysia Shellmire. The sophomore poured in a game-high 20 points and helped control the middle on defense.

"We played a lot of games during the summer, and I think that did a lot for Aysia," said Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan, who received 17 team assists. "That helped her confidence. She was a little up and down early in the season, but she has really stepped up the last two games."

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