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Jeff TullyOn the basketball court, Tulyah Gaines...

Jeff Tully

On the basketball court, Tulyah Gaines is accustomed to hard work.

However, in Burroughs High’s CIF Southern Section Division IIA

second-round girls’ playoff game against Ventura, Gaines put the


equivalent of a 40-hour work week into an hour and a half, as she

almost single- handedly kept the Indians in the game with her hustle

and drive.

But Ventura proved too talented to be derailed by a single player,


as the Cougars withstood a late Burroughs charge Saturday to win the

game, 61-54, at Burroughs.

“Tulyah just put the team on her back and she was determined to

win this game,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “She was really all

over the court. I just wish we could have given her a little more


Gaines, a junior -- who is being recruited by major Division I

colleges -- scored a game-high 34 points and had five steals for


Burroughs (14-13).

The next highest Indian scorers were senior Fabi Zavala and junior

Janette Galindo, who had five points each. No other Burroughs player

had more than two points.

Gaines also had three assists, giving her 122, breaking the Indian

record for assists in a season. The previous record was 120 set in

1993 by Jamie Vahoviak.

For the first quarter against Ventura (17-10), it was a classic


battle between Gaines and sharpshooting Cougar sophomore Caitlin

O’Neill. While O’Neill poured in 11 points, Gaines countered with 12

to stake the Indians to an 18-14 advantage.

Then things went bad for Burroughs.

Ventura scored 20 straight points and muscled the momentum of the

game away from Burroughs. Gaines was finally able to convert a free

throw with 2:38 remaining in the quarter, but by that point, the

Cougars had amassed a 34-19 lead.

The quarter could have been even worse for the Indians if Gaines

hadn’t made two steals that led to a pair of baskets in the final 31


“When you go from a four-point lead in one quarter and a team puts

a 20 spot on you the next quarter, it’s just too hard to recover

from,” Nicol said. “That was the game right there. That second

quarter changed everything.”

Gaines ended up with nine points in the quarter, as her

counterpart -- O’Neill -- had seven.

In a break for the Indians, O’Neill got into foul trouble and

spent most of the quarter on the bench. She didn’t have any points in

the third quarter and contributed just three in limited action in the


Luckily for Ventura, junior Maggie Wagner was able to fill the

void with 20 points.

Burroughs was able to claw its way back into the game in the

fourth quarter, thanks to 11 points from Gaines. She hit three free

throws with 33 seconds left to get the Indians to within 58-54.





Ventura 14 22 10 15 -- 61

Burroughs 18 9 7 20 -- 54




O’Neill 21 and 7 rebounds, Wagner 20, Albrant 6 and 10 rebounds,

Coulte 4, Evans 4, Wolfe 4, Nagy 2. * Three-pointers: O’Neil,

Wagner, Albrant


Gaines 34 and 5 steals, Galindo 5 and 7 rebounds, Zavala 5, Davies 2,

Dennis 2, Tuler 2, Rico 2, Stephan 2. * Three-pointers: Gaines 2,