There's more than the rivalry at stake.
An interesting hoops doubleheader will unfold at Chandler Valley Christian on Friday night.
In comes Scottsdale Christian and a couple basketball games with more than bragging rights on the line.
Valley Christian's girls (22-0, 7-0 2A Central) are ranked No. 1 in 2A, undefeated and riding a 22-game winning streak.
Defense has been the story for Scott Timmer's squad, Only Maricopa has reached the 50-point mark against the Trojan defense, which held SCA (11-11, 4-3) to 32 points in a win over the Eagles on Jan. 6.
The boys' clash features the No. 1 team in 2A in SCA, against the Trojans, which was the only 2A team thus far to put the Eagles on the brink of defeat since the first week in December.
Scottsdale Christian (18-1, 6-0) lost its only game to a 3A team in Estrella Foothills. The Eagles have won 17 consecutive games since, including a 66-64 squeaker against Valley Christian.
It was by far the closest game SCA has played since. And it could have been worse had the Trojans fared slightly better from 3-point range (10 of 29) and rebounding.
Wade Urig hit seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points and Jordan Kerpan scored 24 for Valley Christian (14-7, 6-2), which has won four straight heading into Friday's game.
Mesquite guard injured: Gilbert Mesquite's injury problems continue to mount. Starting guard Megan Williams suffered a high-ankle sprain in the fourth period of Wednesday night's 50-41 win over Chandler Hamilton. Mesquite coach Candice Gonzales said Thursday Williams still was not able to put weight on the ankle and would be seeing a doctor soon. Williams will miss Friday's Fiesta Region game at Chandler.
The Wildcats already are without guard Brittney Stacy, who is gone for the season with a torn ACL and forward Constance Lee, who is hoping to return soon. Lee has missed a few games with a shoulder sprain.