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.
The nonleague schedule for Burroughs High girls’ basketball is peppered with powerhouses to give the Bears valuable experience playing elite teams in preparation for the postseason’s arrival. Next on the list of potent foes was Torrance Bishop Montgomery.
“In a short season like this where we haven’t had any summer games, we need to able to play against [talented] people to get better,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I think playing against these teams is the best way to prepare for the playoffs.”
Against the Knights, the Bears were in control early but saw the game slip away against a withering defense from visiting Bishop Montgomery, which captured a 46-32 victory Thursday evening. Continue reading “Burroughs Offense Stymied by Top Team”