Burbank falls to Highland 41-27 on day 1 of the John Burroughs High School Girls Varsity Tourney

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After a week of no games for the Burbank Bulldogs, they dropped their opening contest to the Highland Bulldogs 41-27 on day 1 of the John Burroughs High School Varsity Tournament. Sophomore guard Charlotte Hartwell led her Bulldogs with 8 points. Highland junior guard Aliana James led the visiting Bulldogs with 10 points in the win. Heading into the contest, Highland had a 2 game losing streak as they had losses to Culver City and an OT loss to Saint Monica, while Burbank came in with a 1-2 record at the Upland Tournament and a 64-33 loss to Saugus.

It was a low-scoring 1st quarter for both teams as Aliana James of Highland got the scoring going with two 3-point shot shots to make it a 6-0 lead, while the host Bulldogs had freshman guard Andrea Apracio record the quarter’s only score by making 1 of 2 free throw shots for Burbank. Cameron James recorded her team’s third 3-point shot of the period as Highland ended the quarter leading Burbank 9-1.

The 2nd quarter was similar to the 1st, but this time Burbank picked up the offense with a 2-point layup by Andrea Apracio and Lauren Navaro to make it a 4-point deficit for Burbank. Makayla Aguiar and Abbigail Gomez helped Highland score two more layups to make it a 15-5 game. Highland led 15-7 over Burbank to end the first half.

After the halftime break, MB Bol got the scoring going in the 3rd quarter for Highland. The visiting Bulldogs continued their strong quarter as Aliana James scored a fastbreak layup via steal to make it a 22-9 game. Highland ended the quarter leading 28-13.

Burbank tried to come back in the 4th quarter with a scoring run of their own as Lili Okhayan recorded a 2-point layup to start the rally, along with Charlotte Hartwell nailing down two 3-point shots for Burbank. Unfortunately for the host Bulldogs, Highland pulled away with back-to-back 3-point shots by Gomez and Layla Jones.

“We had a week and a half of practice with no games, we were lacking game knowledge but we went on a small little run in the 4th quarter,” said Burbank head coach Kris Jacoubrian. Jacoubrian also admitted that the team is still going through growing pains and learning from game to game.

Burbank’s record drops to 1-5 following a loss to Muir on Tuesday. The Bulldogs will look to bounce back when they resume tournament play on Wednesday, December 6th at John Burroughs High School against Granada Hills with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 PM. Highland defeated Littlerock on Tuesday and will resume tournament play against Eagle Rock at 7 PM also at John Burroughs High School.

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