Cholla beat Desert View 60-19 Monday night at home to improve to 3-6 in power-ranking games. Desert View fell to 1-6 on the year. Freshman guard Onaida Barrios led all scorers with 22 points, junior guard Aniyah Willmott had 14 as did fellow junior Sayuri Lavulo. Desert View senior Marisol Diaz scored 11 points.
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Both teams are struggling in the win column but the Chargers only have two seniors on a roster that includes eight freshmen and Desert View is almost similarly balanced with six underclassmen to go along with five seniors. Making the 5A Conference Play-In Tournament is a possibility for both programs under the new Open Division playoff system but the main goal this year is to continue to develop skills and compete.
The top eight teams from the 5A Conference will advance to the Open Division along with any others to help fill the 32-team bracket. As of Monday night, 11 5A teams are in the Open Division. The next 16 ranked teams will make the 5A Play-In Tournament which means the top 27 teams in the 5A Conference will make the playoffs in some fashion as of Monday night. This gives teams ranked 24-35 a chance down the stretch.
Cholla will host Tucson (5-3) Tuesday night and Desert View is set to host Mountain View (2-5) on the same night.
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