BURBANK — It was a combination of solid defense by Burroughs High and poor shooting by Heritage Christian that led to a lopsided girls’ basketball result Tuesday evening.
The Indians rode that defense to a a big early advantage and were able to roll to a 52-12 victory in a first-round game of the Burroughs Magnolia Park Club Optimist Tournament.
Burroughs (2-0) helped create 29 turnovers against the Warriors (2-4).
“Playing tough defense is going to be our key, like it usually is,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “That is our No. 1 goal in games; to play the kind of defense that we need to play. So, defensively I thought we did a good job.”
The Indians were led in scoring by freshman Faith Boulanger, who had a game-high 14 points to go with eight rebounds. Senior Marin Grote had seven blocks and eight rebounds and freshman Dyani Del Castillo chipped in seven points.
Heritage Christian converted just four of 35 shots (11.4%) from the field in the game.
As a result, the Indians shut out the Warriors in the first quarter, 17-0, with Heritage Christian missing all 15 of its field-goal attempts.
“Getting a big lead like that, I feel we calmed down a lot,” Boulanger said. “It just helped us get into the momentum of the game for us.
“We work on defense a lot at practice so we want to come out and play tough defense against no matter who we play. To be aggressive is one of our goals.”
The Warriors missed all six of their shots from the field in the second quarter and received just a single free throw from Callie Smith. Burroughs went into halftime with a 32-1 advantage.
Heritage Christian finally converted a field goal when Andrea Castaneda sank a bucket with 5:32 left in the third quarter to cut the Burroughs lead to 38-3.
The Indians increased their advantage to 43-5 after three quarters.
Burroughs will play a second-round game at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Paraclete or Sun Valley Poly, who will play a make-up game earlier in the day.