Kristine Anigwe's return boosts Desert Vista to MLK win over Mountain View

Kristine Anigwe's return boosts Desert Vista to MLK win over Mountain View

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Kristine Anigwe's return boosts Desert Vista to MLK win over Mountain View

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TEMPE – Six-foot-four Phoenix Desert Vista sophomore Kristine Anigwe had a total of one practice leading up to the game against Mesa Mountain View on Monday at the Martin Luther King Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.

One practice to get back into the swing of things after nearly three weeks on the sideline with an ankle injury. One practice to become a force for a Desert Vista team with a razor-thin margin of error in the Arizona Interscholastic Association and MaxPreps power rankings.

One practice was all she needed. Anigwe had 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead Desert Vista to a much-needed 67-51 win.

“I’m a little winded,” said Anigwe, who has several college offers, including from Arizona State. “I just kind of went out and tried my best to make a difference for the team.”

Of course, she was a little bit rusty, as her nine turnovers would attest. Last time she took the court for Desert Vista (14-8), she was playing under a different coach, the since-dismissed Jaysie Sheppard-Chambers.

But interim coach J’ontar Coleman said just her presence on the court, no matter her readiness, made a difference.

“She creates a lot of mismatches for people on the defensive and offensive ends,” Coleman said. “It gives our girls more hope now.”

Hope is something Desert Vista could use. Currently sitting at 23rd in the latest AIA rankings, it needs the cushion. A win over Mountain View will boost Desert Vista’s position.

Having Anigwe against Chandler the game before – when Coleman initially thought his star post was set to return – might have given Desert Vista two rankings-juicing wins in a row. Chandler won 57-55 instead.

“We would have won that game,” Coleman said.

Mountain View had room for error after entering the day ranked 13th in Division I, but coach Henry Bribiescas doesn’t foresee much wiggle room going forward.

“They’re in our section, so they’re right behind us,” Bribiescas said. “We definitely need to win the rest of our games. This puts pressure on us.”

Emily Wolph added 18 points for Desert Vista, including 16 in the first half, and Jayla Brown had 11. For Mountain View (13-7), Armani Hawkins and Sabrina Haines each scored 12 points and Cherokee Davis had 11.

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