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Bonita Vista senior scores San Diego Section record 76 points

01/20/2018, 7:45pm PST
By Steve Brand

Shayla Latone, point guard for the Bonita Vista High School girls basketball team, poses for portraits at practice on Thursday, Dec. 14th, 2017.

It was a single line among Friday night’s girls basketball scores.

Bonita Vista 99, Hilltop 26. Pts: Latone (BV) 76.

Blink.

After scoring 57 points in a game earlier this year, Barons senior Shyla Latone caught fire Friday to set the San Diego Section single-game scoring record, bettering the 71 points posted by San Diego High’s Charde Houston against Castle Park in 2002.

“I honestly didn’t go into the game thinking I’d score 76,” said Latone, who has not committed to a college. “I was coming off a game of 18 points against Eastlake and I was fine with that as long as we got the dub (win).

“It is a great accomplishment, but it’s also a team accomplishment. We all celebrated after the game.”

Latone said Hilltop started out playing man-to-man defense on her but switched to a 2-3 zone to make her shoot from outside.

“I just shot over them and once my threes started falling, I knew I was going to have a good night,” said Latone, who was 20 of 28 on 2-point field goals and 10 of 20 on treys in addition to converting six of her seven free throws. She had 42 points at the half.

She also had eight rebounds, four steals and two assists for the unranked Barons (17-5, 5-0 Metro Mesa League).

Coach Tristan Lamb said he saw Houston set the record and thought Latone’s performance was a little more impressive because of her 3-point field goals.

“Consider that Shyla played just one minute in the fourth quarter and we were very respectful, keeping the game under 100 points,” he said.

According to Cal-Hi Sports, the Barons’ 5-foot-4 senior scored the fourth-most points in a game in state history, but Latone is the third-best individual since Riverside Poly legend Cheryl Miller had 105- and 77-point games.

Inglewood Morningside’s Lisa Leslie scored 101 points in 1990 in the first half of a game but didn’t have a chance to break Miller’s record when South Torrance refused to come out for the second half.

PILING UP THE POINTS

All-time single-game scoring leaders for girls basketball:

NATIONAL

113: Epiphanny Prince, Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.)

STATE

105: Cheryl Miller, Riverside Poly 1982

101: Lisa Leslie, Inglewood Morningside 1990

77: Cheryl Miller, Riverside Poly 1982

76: Shyla Latone, Bonita Vista 2018

Source: Cal-Hi Sports

SAN DIEGO SECTION

76: Shyla Latone, Bonita Vista 2018

71: Charde Houston, San Diego 2002

68: Destiny Littleton, Bishop’s 2016

67: Charde Houston, San Diego 2002

65: Terri Mann, Point Loma 1986

65: Destiny Littleton, Bishop’s 2016

63: Shyla Latone, Bonita Vista 2016

Brand is a freelance writer.

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