The girls’ basketball game between Burbank and Burroughs highs
Friday night wasn’t primarily about getting caught up in a frenzy of
cross-town rivalry hoopla.
With one win between them in their first four league games, the
contest was instead about the Bulldogs and Indians attempting to
reestablish themselves in a league thick with talented teams.
For Burroughs, a 57-51 victory at home gives the program a little
boost in its quest to return to the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
For Burbank, it will have almost week off to regroup and get ready
for the second half of the league campaign.
“This is a game we had to win, there’s no doubt about that,” said
Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol, whose team is 11-8, 1-4 in league. “I
told my team that if we didn’t win this game, I didn’t know what I
“But this was a classic high school game. This is for sure the
most exciting Burroughs-Burbank game I have been involved with in my
10 years here.”
The first half featured an entertaining battle between Bulldog
senior Christine Kepenekian and Indian junior Tulyah Gaines. While
Kepenekian was busy pouring in 17 first-half points, Gaines countered
“We figured Tulyah was going to get her points. She is just a good
player,” Burbank Coach Ricky Hawthorne said.
“I’m just happy with the way we battled and stayed in the game.”
Kepenekian ended with 22 points and Gaines had 21.
Gaines suffered a head injury in the third quarter and sat on the
bench for most of the fourth quarter. However, she did reenter the
game with just over three minutes remaining, scoring three clutch
Roxy Quintero kept Burbank (12-9, 1-4) in the game in the second
half, as she tallied 16 of her 18 points after halftime.
Burbank 15 13 13
10 -- 51
Burroughs 16 13 10
18 -- 57
Kepenekian 22 and 13 rebounds, Quintero 18, Galeas 5,
Ovasapyan 4, Perillo 2.
* Three-pointers: Quintero 4. Kepenekian 3, Galeas.
Gaines 21, 4 assists and 3 steals, Rico 11 and 8
rebounds, Stephen 8 and 8 rebounds, Dennis 6 and 7 rebounds, Zavala
6, Davies 3, Tuler 2.
* Three-pointers: Zavala 2, Rico, Davies, Gaines.