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
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.