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Bishop’s stars overpower Poway

02/26/2016, 10:15pm PST
By Steve Brand

Aguirre, Littleton share the spotlight as Knights move into Open Division semifinals

Bishop’s Destiny Littleton had 32 points, eight blocked shots and nine rebounds in the Knights’ victory.

On a night when Bishop’s High’s Alessandra Aguirre set the section single-season 3-point record, she only shared the spotlight.

That’s because teammate Destiny Littleton scored 32 points — four below her season average — had eight blocked shots and nine rebounds in a 77-40 victory over Poway in an Open Division girls basketball quarterfinal game at what they call The Dungeon at Bishop’s.

Joining them on the highlight reel was the No. 2-seeded Knights defense, which forced 37 turnovers with 30 coming in the first three quarters while employing a suffocating full-court press.

“I knew I needed five (3-point field goals),” said the junior, who collected exactly five on 14 attempts to move past Santana’s Kelly Simers, who tossed in 134 in 1996.

“I was pushing it a little, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Aguirre, who set a state single-game record with 15 3-pointers earlier this season, finished with 17 points.

Littleton was her normal darting self, scoring on jump shots and layups, especially after Poway turnovers.

“I’m most excited about the eight blocked shots — that’s the most I’ve ever had,” said last year’s section Player of the Year.

“Blocks are very exciting, but I had to keep telling myself to stay calm, to keep it cool.”

Bishop’s (24-6) raced out to a 22-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back, threatening a 40-point running clock lead midway through the fourth quarter before coach Marlon Wells replaced his starters.

Madison Chang added 13 points for the Knights, but with the huge number of turnovers, none of the Titans could get into a groove with Ashley Pyle’s eight first-half points leading the way.

With the victory, Bishop’s will move on to the semifinals at home Wednesday against Mission Hills, a team they have lost to twice and beaten once this season.

Meanwhile, unlike in past playoffs, Poway (19-9) will continue to play, giving coach Jay Trousdale another chance to add to his all-time San Diego Section-best 614 victories Tuesday night against Westview.

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