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Bishop’s hits crucial free throw for title

12/30/2013, 8:35pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

After missing earlier attempts, Knights connect when it counts.


Freshman Destiny Littleton hit the winning free throw in Bishop's 67-66 victory over Temecula Great Oak.

It was a horrible day from the free-throw line for The Bishop’s School.

And yet, it was a free throw with 6.5 seconds to play that handed the No. 1-ranked Knights the WNBA Division title in the annual SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Monday.

Freshman Destiny Littleton missed her first free throw but nailed the second one to give Bishop’s a 67-66 girls basketball win over Temecula Great Oak in the final at Westview High.

The Knights (15-0), who missed 28 free throws in a 72-42 win over Alta (Utah) in the semifinals Monday morning, failed on another 17 against Great Oak (10-1).

But Littleton, an all-tournament pick, nailed the last one.

“It was a bad play on my part to drive to the basket,” said Littleton, who finished with 24 points. “I knew it was a turnover. I gave a big sigh when they called it the other way.

“On Saturday, I was 12-for-12 from the line, but I missed 13 in the semis and then the first one at the end. Thankfully, the second one went in.”

Senior Imani Littleton, who had seven points and eight rebounds after a triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals in the semis, was named MVP of the WNBA Division.

“I was hoping to not have to work on free throws this week, but I guess we will,” Bishop’s coach Marlon Wells said. “I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss.”

Bishop’s also got 16 points from freshman Alessandra Aguirre and 13 points from senior Sierra Ducey.

“We found out how to play championship basketball,” said Destiny Littleton, no relation to Imani Littleton. “This is how we have to play every day from here on out.”

Notable

Torrey Pines sophomore center Sierra Campisano, an all-tournament pick, scored 29 points before fouling out with 2:54 to play and her teammates fought off a late charge as the Falcons recorded a 62-51 win over Fallbrook for the championship of the NCAA Division.

Despite committing 31 turnovers, Fallbrook (7-4) managed to slice a 15-point deficit to 56-51 with 1:16 to play. Torrey Pines (9-4) scored the game’s final six points to preserve the victory.

Fallbrook’s Amanda Cunningham, an all-tourney pick, scored 15 points.

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