So they meet again.

The Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista girls basketball teams both advanced in the Division I state tournament on Friday to set up a rivalry rematch with a berth into the Elite Eight on the line.

Fourth-seeded Mountain Pointe (21-9) defeated No. 20 Valley Vista 61-56 and fifth-seeded Desert Vista pounded No. 12 Horizon 65-33.

The Thunder won the regular season meeting 57-53 on Jan. 20 at Grand Canyon University.

The two squads will tip-off on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena. The time hasn't been announced yet.

The Pride was led by Kaylah Lupoe and Morgan Greene had 16 points apiece as they raced out to an early big lead to win at home.

"We played hard and did some things well early," Pride coach Trevor Neider said. "A win is a win at this point."

The Thunder (27-2) also jumped out early and led 27-9 after the first quarter thanks to some crisp passing.

Junior Kristine Anigwe led the team with 20 points.

"Overall, our team looked really focused," Thunder coach J'Ontar Coleman said. "We had great ball movement and our players were finding each other. Our defense stepped up and we held them to four points in the third quarter and that was difference."

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JskodaAFN.

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