Bears Beaten in Playoff Semifinals, 69-59

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Senior standout Faith Boulanger scored a team-high 21 points in Burroughs’ 69-59 loss to visiting San Bernardino Cajon in a CIF-SS Division 2AA semifinal last week. The Bears will move on to compete in the CIF State Southern Regional tournament.

By Nathan Cambridge

Burbank Leader

It was the appointed hour for the tipoff of the Burroughs High girls’ basketball playoff semifinal hosting Cajon High of San Bernardino. The teams were warmed up and ready. However, there were no officials. It seems the CIF had neglected to assign any. 

As a set of neutral officials were summoned, the teams casually kept warm before an old-fashioned, schoolyard game of H-O-R-S-E broke out between the two schools’ head coaches. 

After a 90-minute delay, the referees arrived and the contest got underway.

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Bears Defeat Downey, Advance To CIF Semifinals

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Burroughs head coach Victoria Oganyan has guided the girls’ basketball program to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances.

History repeated itself for the Burroughs High School varsity girls’ basketball team on Wednesday when it outlasted host Downey, 49-47, in a CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinal.

The Bears (14-8 overall record) advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year and will host undefeated San Bernardino Cajon tonight at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to the championship game and face the winner of the other semifinal between Mission Hills Alemany and Lawndale Leuzinger. The championship game is scheduled for Thursday, June 10.

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Burroughs Advances After 1st Round Win

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Noor Fahs (pictured above in a game earlier this season) scored 11 points and helped the Bears defeat La Habra Whittier Christian, 55-45, on Thursday.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

The world has changed dramatically since when the John Burroughs High School girls’ basketball team faced Whittier Christian in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A quarterfinals in February 2020, and when the two teams squared off in the first round of the 2021 Division 2AA playoffs on Thursday. 

Everything from the ubiquitous mask-wearing in Burroughs’ Hurst Gym, to the host school’s abrupt mascot name change from Indians to Bears earlier this spring, to the game’s 3:30 p.m. start time to accommodate Burroughs’ senior graduation ceremony that night because the game was being played in late May, would have seemed strange early last year. 

But history still repeated itself as Burroughs eliminated Whittier Christian from sectional playoffs the second straight year, pulling away late for a 55-45 victory.

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Burroughs Beats Burbank For 8th Straight Time

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Kayla Wrobel scored a team-high 19 points and led the Bears to a 53-25 victory over intracity rival Burbank on Thursday. Burroughs is ranked No. 11 in CIF Southern Section Division IIAA.

By Nathan Cambridge

Burbank Leader

There is a truism in basketball: If you don’t put the ball through the hoop, you will struggle to win games. This was clearly demonstrated when Burbank hosted Burroughs in a girls’ basketball clash of intracity rivals.

Burroughs used a suffocating defense against the host Bulldogs that produced a 53-25 victory Thursday evening in the Pacific League finale for both schools.

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Flintridge Prep Defeats LCHS to Remain Unbeaten

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team won bragging rights for La Cañada Flintridge by defeating intracity rival La Cañada High School, 47-39, in a nonleague game on Monday.

It wasn’t easy for the Wolves, who struggled with the Spartans’ size and trailed 10-6 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter. La Cañada boasts two players six feet or taller on its roster, including senior standout Lauren Scoville.

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Falcons Bury Burbank, 62-31

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Crescenta Valley High School seniors Hannah Tanita, Emily Khani, Katrina Minassian, Tatiana Minassian and Katelyn Coste helped the Falcons beat Burbank, 62-31, in girls’ basketball.

By Austin Green

Glendale News-Press

It may have been senior night, but Crescenta Valley High School girls’ basketball head coach Jason Perez still played his entire 16-player roster as the Falcons crushed visiting Burbank High School, doubling the Bulldogs’ point total in a 62-31 blowout. 

CV limited Burbank to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.

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La Cañada Downs Temple City, 61-38

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team cruised past visiting Temple City, 61-38, last Friday to collect its fourth Rio Hondo League victory of the season.

Laure Scoville led the Spartans with 21 points, 14 rebounds and three steals, and Bethany Co chipped in 15 points and three assists. Melissa Le recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Mia Oakley-Stilson finished with five points, five assists and four steals, Kylie Sears had four points and six rebounds, and Madison Tea and Lily Khayat each contributed two points.

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