Strong finish pushes Gilbert girls past Casteel
January 20, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Gilbert's girls basketball team had one of those stretches Thursday night that seemed the impetus to a come-from-behind win over 5A San Tan Region rival Casteel. A 25-23 halftime deficit became a 33-25 Tigers' lead two minutes into the third period.

In the end, however, Gilbert needed - and conjured up - a second run in the fourth quarter that sealed a 58-48 victory over Casteel.

Gilbert collected its 17th victory this season against seven losses. The Tigers, #5 in the current 5A power-rankings, also took over first place in the San Tan Region with a 3-0 mark. #10 Casteel (13-8, 3-1) was in first entering the contest.

Sophomore guard Meisha Caserio paced Gilbert with 27 points - 10 in the fourth quarter. The Tigers 39-38 edge to begin the final quarter ballooned to 53-42 with 4:04 to go. Three successive layups (two by Caserio and one by Morgan Evenson) off turnovers and a fast-break halted Casteel's last rally with its deficit at the 4:04 mark growing from five to 11 in 30 seconds. Evenson joined Caserio in double figures with 12 points.

Maci Hess paced Casteel with 16 points - eight in the final quarter. Megan Jones added 12 points. Both teams are idle until Tuesday (Jan. 25) - Casteel hosts Campo Verde and Gilbert entertains Higley.

Gilbert steadfast in 42-36 win over Horizon
January 6, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Gilbert's girls basketball team appears to have shaken off a three-game losing streak that ended the 2021 portion of the 2021-2022 season.

The Tigers won their second game in three days after the holiday break with a solid 42-36 victory over Horizon at Gilbert High.

The triumvirate of Meisha Caserio, Morgan Evenson and Maliyah Ross tallied 40 of the Tigers' 42 points in a game #7 (5A power-rankings) Gilbert never was behind. A 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter paved the way. Caserio led all scorers with 18 points, Evenson added 13 points and Ross chipped in nine points. Gilbert improved to 14-6 this season while Horizon fell to 9-7.

Caserio netted 11 of her points in the first half helping Gilbert forge a 23-19 advantage. Evenson and Ross had eventful third quarters. Evenson led Gilbert's perimeter game hitting 3 of 5 threes - two of those in the third that helped for a brief time elevate the Tigers' lead to 35-25. Ross's offense came in the paint and free-throw line (3 of 4).

Mia Brown, Samantha Sebastiani and Noel Gallegos did the bulk of Horizon's scoring with 10, 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Both teams are set to play their third game this week on Friday. Gilbert plays host to formidable and #5 Millennium. Millennium's only power-ranking loss is to 6A #1 Valley Vista earlier this week. Horizon is on the road again visiting Verrado.







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