Alexis Gannis isn’t just capable of playing an entire game, she can also make baskets and grab rebounds down the stretch.
And that was all right for the Phoenix Desert Vista girls basketball team in a 57-50 victory against Clackamas (Ore.) High School in first-round action Thursday of the Purple Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions II at Gilbert Perry High School.
“Alexis struggled a little to open the game, but after the first period it looked like she began to feel more at ease out on the floor and she started taking more comfortable shots,” Desert Vista coach Willie Young said of the forward.
Gannis finished with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds.
She scored six points in the final five minutes. But that isn’t to say the victory was a solo effort.
The Thunder shot 22-for-36 from the field and secured 20 rebounds, including a game-high 10 rebounds from Patricia Bright.
After trailing by 10 points after the first period, the Cavaliers scored 16 points in the second period to make it 27-22 in favor of Desert Vista at the half.
Clackamas then pulled to within one point after Breanna Baker made a field goal with 3:53 left in the third period.
But that was as close as Clackamas could make it. Desert Vista scored the next nine points in an 11-3 run to close out the game.
Desert Vista shot 10-for-16 from the free-throw line.
Kimberly Randell added 10 points and Lauren Andrews chipped in with seven points off the bench for Desert Vista (5-2).
Bright also contributed on defense with eight blocks.
Becky Buhler scored a team-high 13 points for Clackamas, while Alisa Griggs added 10 points for the Cavaliers.
Asked if there was any difficulty preparing for the contest since this was the first game played between these two teams, Young said that he sought the advice of his colleagues.
“I’m fortunate to know some coaches who’ve gone up against (Clackamas),” he said.
Desert Vista plays the winner of Tolleson and Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) at 12:20 p.m. today.