Girls BB: San Diego Updates

Destiny Littleton of La Jolla Bishop’s sets a state record for most points scored in a season while La Jolla Country Day gets set to perhaps make a run at a D1 state title with big-time freshman guard now playing for the first time this season.

With 31 points in the Bishop’s (La Jolla) 65-47 loss to Mission Hills (San Marcos) in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division title gam,e USC-bound Destiny Littleton has taken her place atop another list of Cal-Hi Sports state records.

Now, with 4,259 career points, not only has Littleton put more distance between her and No. 2 Charde Houston (3,837 points from 2001-04) on the Cal-Hi Sports Most Points (Career) list, she goes to 1,325 this season and that surpasses the 1,300 points of Danielle Viglione in 1992 at Fair Oaks Del Campo.

She may be from one of the most famous athletic families in Oceanside, but Te-Hina PaoPao is attending La Jolla Country Day. Photo: Harold Abend.

Bishop’s was placed in the CIF Southern Regional Open Division as a No. 5 seed and travels to No. 4 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) so for Littleton to get higher on the NFHS all-time scoring list than the No. 9 spot she currently holds she will need to score 61 points to pass No. 8 Katie Anthony and her 4,319 points from 2000-03 at Anacoco, Louisiana. That will likely mean the Knights girls will need to pull off an upset since Littleton would seemingly need two games to get 61.

So far this season, Littleton is leading the nation in scoring average, field goals, and 3-pointers and her 149 treys this season just got her past Renee Roberts (148 at Stockton St. Mary’s in 2004) to the No. 2 spot behind the 169 of Viglione in 1992.

She’s also third in the nation in free-throw percentage at 90.1 percent and for her career Littleton is currently at 83.9 percent. Those numbers as well as the sheer number of free-throws she’s shot and made both for a season and career are likely going to end up topping those Cal-Hi Sports state record lists as well.

Paopao is back

Before she went down with a knee injury in September fall ball that necessitated surgery in October, super freshman Te-Hina Paopao was looking like a lock for State Freshman of the Year after finishing as not only the top freshman on the Girls of Summer Caravan circuit but one of the top five players viewed in any class in California.

Early in the season when the Caravan was in San Diego for the La Jolla Country Day Sweet 16 Invitational Paopao was looking chipper and already out on the court shooting and moving around but not doing anything strenuous.

Now, Paopao has returned after only five months of re-habilitation and played just a few minutes in a CIF San Diego Section Open Division 62-33 win over San Diego Westview and scored eight points with five rebounds and six assists. Torreys head coach Terri Bamford played her but sparingly in a CIFSDS semifinal 58-57 heartbreaking loss to cross-town arch rival Bishop’s, and she had eight points, four rebounds and four assists.

With Country Day a No. 8 seed in the CIF Southern Regional Division I playoffs and hosting No. 9 Palisades (Pacific Palisades) in the opening round this week, Paopao gets another chance to show her prowess.

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