Nikki nets a nifty record

Name of CIF Central Section career scoring leader for girls basketball goes from White to Blue.

The new record holder is current senior Nikki Blue, who scored 32 points for West of Bakersfield last week in a game against Monache at the Monache Christmas Classic Tournament in Porterville. Blue became the section's all-time career scoring leader with 2,376 points, breaking the record of San Joaquin Memorial's Jackie White that stood for more than two decades.

Anyone who remembers White playing in the old Northern California Tournament of Champions in 1978 will say her 24 points in one quarter of a game against Rio Americano of Sacramento was one of the most incredible shooting displays they've ever seen (boys or girls).

Blue has been turning heads in an equal fashion for West of Bakersfield. She was the State Junior Player of the Year after last season when she sizzled for 33 points per game.

Blue, who is bound for UCLA next year, told the Bakersfield Californian that "I'm really blessed to be able to break that record, it would have been better if it was in Bakersfield in front of my fans, but it didn't happen that way and it's over now. Now it's all about excitement and fun."

In the championship game of the Monache tourney two days later, Blue added to her new record by dropping in 43 points against Granite Hills as West won the tourney and gave Granite Hills its first loss of the season. Blue also tallied 14 rebounds and had 10 assists to help West improve to 11-2 on the season.

It looks like Blue will now have a chance at cracking the 3,000-point barrier for career scoring. According to the CalHiSports Record Book & Almanac, only six others in state history are currently on that list.

Brandi Collato from Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach joined the club last year, one year after both Giuliana Mendiola of El Toro and Diana Taurasi of Chino Don Lugo went over the mark. Until then, only current state record holder Cheryl Miller of Riverside Poly (3,446 points from 1979 to 1982), Terri Mann from San Diego Point Loma and Danielle Viglione from Del Campo of Fair Oaks had been able to crack the plateau.

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