Bulldogs, Golden Bears tied for sixth in 28-5A
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison.
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Edison is discovered the strength it has within its numbers Jan. 9 in a District 28-5A win over Burbank.
The Golden Bears (7-17, 2-6) used its depth to pull away from the Bulldogs (9-15, 2-6) for a 53-42 win at the Alamo Convocation Center. Edison broke open the battle for a share of sixth place with a 10-2 run in the third quarter when its transition game kicked in.
“All 11 of them contributed something positive,” Edison coach Angie Alonzo said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching.”
Edison’s win forced a three-way tie for sixth place between the Golden Bears, Burbank and Jefferson (5-17, 2-6) as the first round of district play came to a close.
“We’re not where we should be at this point in the season,” Burbank coach Laura Zapata said. “We just haven’t put it all together. For some reason, we’ve struggled coming out in the third quarter.”
Burbank took a 23-22 lead when Jade Moore sank a three-point basket off an assist from Olivia Cardenas 23 seconds into the third quarter.
Burbank seven turnovers in third quarter. Edison outscored the Bulldogs 17-8 in the quarter.
“We just stepped it up on defense,” Alonzo said. “We were able to create layups off of our steals and that chemistry.”
Edison freshman forward Judilynn Mayorga scored eight points in the quarter and 15 of her 18 points after halftime. Mayorga chipped in three baskets during a run of 12 unanswered points after a pair of free throws from Burbank junior Antwanisha Riddle tied it 26-26 with a pair of free throws.
Mayorga scored most of her baskets in transition, working in concert with guard Dashia Miles. With 47.2 seconds remaining in the quarter, Mayorga passed to Miles for a layup. Miles (8 points) then recorded a backcourt steal and immediately returned the favor to the freshman.
“I’ll call for the ball as soon as I see Dashia with it,” Mayorga said. “I’ll go up and shoot. If she sees me, I’ll pass it to her when she’s open.”
The Golden Bears led 39-28 after three quarters. Bulldogs senior Katherine Regalado (13 points) sank a free throw on the first possession of the final quarter, but Burbank was unable to get closer.
Edison established a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. Burbank tied it 18-18 on a foul shot by Regalado and took a lead on one from Riddle. Golden Bears freshman Victoria Rodriguez (7 points) answered with back-to-back fastbreak baskets and Edison led 22-20 at intermission.
“Today, the girls stuck together,” Alonzo said. “Against Brackenridge and Lanier, we had great first halves, but we weren’t able to finish.”