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Arella Guirantes scores 58 points as Bellport tops Kings Park

Bellport guard Arella Guirantes pulls up for the

Bellport guard Arella Guirantes pulls up for the jump shot in a game against Hauppauge on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Bellport. Credit: George A. Faella

Arella Guirantes, who scored her 2,000th career point last Friday, poured in a career-high 58 points Thursday night as Bellport defeated Kings Park, 72-48, in Suffolk League IV girls basketball.

The senior guard split her output evenly between halves and added 19 rebounds, six steals and five blocks. Her 18 successful free throws and 20 free-throw attempts also were career highs.

"The ways she was getting it was impressive," coach Rodney O'Neal said. "She was double-teamed, triple-teamed. They keyed in on her, and she stepped up to the challenge."

Guirantes had 19 baskets, including two three-pointers, in addition to the free throws.

"She was working inside and outside," O'Neal said. "Her midrange shot was going. You can't put her on the line. You can't even touch her because she drains them at the foul line."

The win tied Bellport (9-4) with Kings Park for second place. O'Neal said Guirantes was playing with a chip on her shoulder because she missed the previous meeting between the two teams, a 67-31 Kings Park win.

"She gave one of the best performances she's ever given," O'Neal said, "and I've been coaching her since seventh grade."

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