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Burroughs High girls' basketball comes back to defeat Crescenta Valley

Basketball: Indians come on late in fourth quarter to steal Pacific League victory from Falcons, 51-49.

January 13, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — The Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team controlled almost every facet of its Pacific League game Monday against Burroughs — for the first three quarters.

With a defense that frustrated the Indians, the Falcons enjoyed a 13-point lead at one point and went into the fourth quarter with a seven-point advantage. But, paced by a big game from Paula Galicia, Burroughs finally erased the deficit late in the fourth quarter and was able to post a 51-49 victory at home.

The victory keeps the Indians (11-6, 2-0 in league) unbeaten in league play, while the Falcons (11-6, 2-1) absorbed their first league loss.

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"This is the first time we won this year being down the whole game and battling and battling back," Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. "We have lost in overtime, we lost by one and we've lost by two. I was thinking, 'No, this can't happen again.'

"But this time we were able to come through and finally win a game like this."

While some of the Burroughs players were struggling from the floor for stints in the game, Galicia provided an offensive constant. She almost single-handedly keep the Indians in the contest in the third quarter, hitting two three pointers and tallying eight of her game-high 22 points in the stanza.

"I just felt good with my shot tonight," Galicia said. "I just wanted to keep on shooting."

Despite Galicia's efforts, Crescenta Valley dictated play on both sides of the floor for the first three quarters and especially in the first half.

After spotting the Indians a 4-0 lead to start the game, the Falcons surged in front, 6-4, on a three-pointer from Samantha Lamb. Crescenta Valley continued to outplay the Indians and ended the quarter with a 14-8 lead.

In the second quarter, Burroughs fell behind by 13, 21-8, with 5:59 remaining on a layup by Josie Block. Crescenta Valley ended the first half with a 29-23 lead, but it could have been worse for the Indians if Sidney Ortega hadn't hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining.

"In the first half, we were getting good shots with our feet planted and we were not forcing things," said Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez, whose Falcons were led by Alisa Shinn (14 points and 14 rebounds) and Ella Stepanian (10 points). "But in the second half, we weren't making the extra passes and finding the best shot that we can. But that is just part of the pressure of the game."

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