Tall order for Indians in nonleague loss, 60-49

Hamlet Nalbandyan

Maybe it was during halftime that the Crescenta Valley High girls'

basketball team realized that it had a player that was at least three

inches taller than anyone on the court.

Because after the Falcons finally got the ball in the hands of

6-foot-1 senior center Lindsay Myers, they were able to dominate

against a scrappy Burroughs squad.

Going up against an Indian team with no player taller than 5-10,

Myers did as she pleased during the final 16 minutes, which allowed

CV to overcome a three-point deficit and post a 60-49 nonleague home

victory.

Myers did have nine points in the first half, but all of them came

off either offensive rebounds or free throws.

In the third quarter, CV (4-2) began setting her up in the low

post, which resulted in Myers scoring 10 points in the quarter,

paving the way for CV's comfortable win.

"Coach told us during the half that we have a left-handed player

posting up on the left side of the court; get her the ball," said

Myers, who finished with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Myers scored the first eight points of the third quarter, which

finally helped CV to its first lead of the game. Up to that point,

Burroughs (1-4) had control of the game, even managing to contain a

red-hot Jeanine Deno to just eight first-half points.

"We came out flat, and it's hard to explain why," said Burroughs

Coach Doug Nicol, whose team was outscored, 13-2, in the third

quarter. "You could tell by our energy level that we just didn't have

it."

Lost in the shuffle of Myers' great night and Deno's always

consistent numbers -- she had 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists

and three steals -- was the play of junior guard Lauren Chramosta.

With 5:08 remaining in the second quarter and Burroughs leading,

20-16, Deno picked up her second foul and sat out the remainder of

the half.

In her place came Chramosta, who wound up hitting a pair of

three-pointers and added a layup to allow CV to stay in the game at

30-27.

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