Desert Vista High School (9-0) is as loaded as girl's team as there is in the state this high school season. The Thunder have absolutely rolled through their competition this season, and have not been challenged, except for a 64-52 win this week over Highland HS. Second-year head coach Jontar Coleman has Desert Vista playing very loose this season, and looking to put it all together.
The Thunder are led by a trio of top-rated prospects - led by the developed post play of 6-foot-4 junior post Kristine Anigwe (Cal commit), who recently gave a verbal commitment to Cal-Berkeley, 5-foot-9 star junior guard Sabrina Haines and 5-foot-7 senior guard Emily Wolph (Santa Clara signee). Haines, one of the state's elite overall prospects in the 2015 class, transferred to Desert Vista from Mesa Mountain View HS this summer. This trio of players is the best in the state this season, and they can put up points in a hurry.
Friday evening in a match-up with a game Marcos De Niza squad, Desert Vista would jump out to an early lead behind the inside play of Kristine Anigwe.
After building a lead in the first period, Marcos De Niza would climb back into it after consecutive three-pointers from 5-foot-10 senior forward Jorie Mayfield and skilled 5-foot-8 senior guard Sophia Anaya.
Sophia Anaya is among the state's elite sleeper prospects, and is worthy of serious division-I college recruitment. Another three-pointer from deep from Anaya would bring Marcos within 6 points of Desert Vista, 29-23.
With Kristine Anigwe on the bench and getting some rest, Marcos would make a run in the game. Whenever Marcos would climb back in it, head coach Jontar Coleman would quickly insert Anigwe back into the lineup - allowing DV to go on a run of their own. After back-to-back baskets inside by Anigwe and then a three-pointer from Emily Wolph, Desert Vista would take a 35-27 lead into the half.
Desert Vista would come back from halftime focused and would quickly extend their lead. After a driving basket by Sabrina Haines and then a layup in transition by her, Desert Vista would take a 47-29 lead with 3:10 left to play in the third period.
Desert Vista would go into the fourth period with a 53-39 lead.
Marcos De Niza would remain competitive in the fourth period behind the play of Sophia Anaya, but Desert Vista would easily cruise to a 68-51 victory.
Kristine Anigwe would finish with a team-high 18 points in the victory, while Emily Wolph would contribute 10 points and Sabrina Haines 7 points.
Sophia Anaya would lead all scorers with a big 24 points in the loss, while Jorie Mayfioeld would contribute 13 points in the loss.