Girls BB: Littleton now in top seven

Bishop’s of La Jolla standout has now moved past all-time great players such as Diana Tuarasi, Terri Mann and Jacki Gemelos on all-time career state scoring list. Up next, and it could be as early as Tuesday night, is La Jolla Country Day’s Candice Wiggins.

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Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman, Sophomore and Junior of the Year Destiny Littleton and her Bishop’s (La Jolla) Knights are six games into the season and at 6-0, and after starting the season with 2,934 points in her three-year career the USC-committed guard was in the No. 13 position on the Cal-Hi Sports Most Points (Career) record list.

Destiny Littleton scores a ton of points but often still looks for teammates who have better open shots. Photo: Courtesy school.

Destiny Littleton scores a ton of points but often still looks for teammates who have better open shots. Photo: Courtesy school.

The CIF San Diego Section has had its share of names on that list and Littleton is fast approaching them while streaking past others toward the all-time California career scoring record.

With 54 points in a win over Chula Vista Olympian, 53 in a win over Chula Vista, 41 in a blowout of Brawley, 52 in a rout of San Diego, and 50 in a victory over Vista Rancho Buena Vista, Littleton is passing the all-time greats of California girls basketball like a blur.

After the first five games Littleton passed Nikki Blue (2,938 points from 1999-2002 at Bakersfield West), two-time Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year and WNBA great Diana Taurasi (3,047 points from 1997-2000 at Chino Don Lugo), Giuliana Mendiola (3,069 from 1997-200 at El Toro), 1993 Ms. Basketball Danielle Viglione (3,089 points, Fair Oaks Bella Vista in 1990 and Fair Oaks Del Campo from 1991-93), and 2006 Ms. Basketball Jacki Gemelos (3,168 points from 2003-06 at Stockton St. Mary’s).

On Saturday with her 49-point performance in a 97-57 victory against Chula Vista Bonita Vista in the championship game of the Matador Classic at Mount Miguel of Spring Valley, Littleton began her assault on two of the four players from the San Diego area still ahead of her.

The 49 points puts her at 299 for six games and 3,233 for her career. That means Littleton passed two-time Ms. Basketball Terri Mann (3,188 points from 1984-87 at San Diego Point Loma), and she’s now within striking distance of 2004 Ms. Basketball and another fellow CIF San Diego superstar Candice Wiggins and her 3,252 points from 2001-04 at La Jolla Country Day. Needing 19 points to tie and 20 to pass her, and averaging 49.8 ppg, means its likely Littleton will pass Wiggins on Tuesday night against San Diego Mira Mesa in the Knights own Winter Prep Classic.

Next on the list is another San Diego area player and that’s scoring and free-throw shooting machine Brandi Collato and her 3,325 points from 1998-2001 at Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach.

There are still some real big names to pass so stay tuned for this tracking of Littleton’s assault on the top spot and the 3,837 points of 2001-2004 San Diego standout, plus college and WNBA star Charde Houston and her all-time California scoring record.

Note: All career scoring totals are from the Cal-Hi Sports Most Points (Career) record list.

Harold Abend is the associate editor of and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend

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