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No. 1 Bishop’s tops No. 2 LJCD

01/29/2014, 9:22pm PST
By John Maffei

Knights prove earlier win over Torreys was no fluke.

Bishop’s Destiny Littleton (left), who had 11 points, collides with LJCD’s Sabrina Callahan.

The spell is broken.

After 12 straight losses over four years to La Jolla Country Day, the top-ranked Bishop’s girls basketball team rocked the Torreys in a tournament game early this season.

To prove it wasn’t a fluke, the host Knights did it again, beating No. 2 LJCD 66-44 Wednesday night in a Coastal League game.

“We had a two-year run, then La Jolla Country Day had a four-year run,” said Bishop’s coach Marlon Wells. “Maybe it’s our turn again.

“We’ll see Country Day one more time, and maybe twice or three times. So we better be prepared every time.”

Injuries forced La Jolla Country Day (12-9, 2-1) to play with just six players.

Fouls and pressure from Bishop’s (18-4, 2-0) were too much for the Torreys to handle. LJCD had 15 turnovers at the half and finished with 28.

Sabrina Callahan, La Jolla Country Day’s post player, had four fouls at the half and had to play soft defensively the rest of the way.

With Callahan in foul trouble, Imani Littleton and Sierra Ducey of Bishop’s relentlessly attacked the basket in the second half. Littleton scored eight of her 17 points in the third quarter. Ducey finished with 12 points — eight after the break.

“Finally, things seemed to have turned our way,” Ducey said. “We have a lot of young talent, and they lost a lot.

“Really, these are new teams from the past years.

“We know every game is different. We know we’ll play them again, so we can’t get overconfident because they’re good.”

Littleton finished with 16 rebounds as the Knights won the board battle 35-23.

“I pride myself in my rebounding,” Littleton said. “With their big girl in foul trouble, the plan the second half was to go to the basket.”

The officials called just seven fouls on La Jolla Country Day in the second half, letting the teams play.

Destiny Littleton added 11 points for Bishop’s before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.

Alessandra Aguirre had 10 points for the Knights on a trio of 3-pointers and a free throw.

Mariana Ecija led La Jolla Country Day with 13 points. Callahan had 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Mai-Loni Henson had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Torreys.

Bishop’s plays L.A. Windward, the No. 4-ranked team in the country on Saturday, a game the Knights are eagerly awaiting.

“We’re into league play now, so all the games are important,” Imani Littleton said. “But Saturday should be fun.”

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