Burroughs High girls’ basketball Coach Doug Nicol has to be wondering
when his program is going to get some good luck for a change.
Since taking over the Indians 11 years ago, Nicol’s teams have
been plagued by an unusual amount of injuries, freak accidents and
This season has been no different for Burroughs, as three players
have been sidelined in the last two weeks.
The worse incident for the team occurred early Sunday morning when
the car senior forward Jayde Dennis was driving was broadsided by a
suspected drunk driver.
Dennis and a friend had just exited the Del Taco restaurant
drive-thru on Verdugo Road and Hollywood Way at about 1 a.m. when her
1993 Ford Explorer was hit.
The driver of the other car -- a 1999 Ford Mustang -- is scheduled
to be arraigned Friday
“I know one of the police officers who was at the scene, and he
said it was one of the worst accidents that he’s seen,” Nicol said.
“I was told that after Jayde’s car was hit, it flipped three or
four times and the car was hit so hard that it was knocked back into
the Del Taco parking lot. It was really, really bad.”
Nicol said Dennis was taken to the hospital with a neck injury and
chest trauma. The coach said his player was released from the
hospital and he doesn’t know when she will be able to return to the
Nicol also said the passenger was also hospitalized but has also
“We are just thankful that they are both alive,” Nicol said. “From
what I’ve been told about the accident, they are just lucky to be
“For Jayde, we just want her to recover and get better. Playing
basketball is secondary to her health.”
The team has also had to deal with two injuries that have dwindled
Last week, senior forward Cassie Mello was taking part in a
routine drill when she injured her knee. Nicol said Mello might have
broken her kneecap.
Burroughs was first hit by the injury bug two weeks ago when
senior guard Jessica Sandoval tore her anterior cruciate ligament
going up for a rebound during practice.
“No one was even around Jessica and no one even touched her when
she went down,” Nicol said. “It was just one of those strange
The injuries have left the Indians with a thin squad.
“We are playing with nine players now,” Nicol said. “We are
starting a freshman at center and a freshman point guard. Right now,
we are just trying to survive.
“We are just hoping to make it through this week because we don’t
have a game next week. We just need time to recover.”
Throughout Nicol’s tenure, his teams have been plagued with
hardship and injuries. Ten years ago, an Indian player became
pregnant and missed most of her senior season, and last season, star
Tulyah Gaines was sidelined after cutting her hand and breaking the
glass of window she was trying to open.
Those are just some of the things that have given Nicol headache
over the years.
“I don’t know why so many things like this happen to our teams,”
Nicol said. “I just hope they stop soon. We have had enough.”
The depleted Indians have struggled in games this week, losing to
Pasadena, 34-26, and Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 61-40, in pool
play of the Ladycat Classic at Brea-Olinda High