The Chandler guard duo of Jesse Ossian and Alina Lopez took over in the second half of Friday’s match up against Desert Vista to secure a 66-49 victory for the Chandler Wolves in a Division I girls basketball game.
Ossian and Lopez combined for 29 points in the second half and 40 of the team’s 66 points overall to lead the team to its second victory of the season.
Both teams played physical from the first whistle, combining for 16 fouls in the first period alone.
The litany of fouls also left both teams over the double bonus limit for most of the second period, resulting in 37 combined foul shots before halftime.
Both teams shot a combined 84 foul shots in the game. Chandler converted 26 of 42 shots from the line, while Desert Vista had only 13 points on 42 attempts.
Desert Vista had built up a 10 point lead heading into the second period, but Chandler’s foul shots slowly erased the lead down to three before the break.
Following half time, Chandler took over, outscoring the visitors 41 to 21 after Desert Vista looked to be in control for most of the first half.
Desert Vista 6-foot 4-inch center Kristine Anigwe looked dominant early on, outmuscling some of the smaller Chandler players for a handful of rebounds and eight points. However, her minutes were limited after she got into foul trouble, though she had 16 points for the night.
Desert Vista drops to 3-3 on the season under first year coach Jaysie Sheppard-Chambers, with the loss at Chandler snapping a three game winning streak.
Chandler, who came into the game on a three-game losing skid, got its second win of the season after beating Peoria Liberty by nearly 30 points last week.
Desert Vista travels to Tempe Marcos de Niza Tuesday, while Chandler gets another home game against rival Chandler Basha on the same night.