Best performances in Arizona high school basketball state tournaments: Vote for Friday’s top star

By Brittany Bowyer | Photo by Kevin Snyder

The Arizona high school basketball state tournaments continued Friday. Here’s a look at some of the day’s top performers. 

Note: We will be collecting top performers throughout the week. Email with nominations. Follow her on Twitter at @bbowyer07

Leamsi Acuna, Flowing Wells

Acuna, a sophomore, nearly had a double-double with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals to help No. 5 Flowing Wells knock off No. 4 Cactus Shadows with a 67-61 victory.

Melinda Arguellez, Flowing Wells

Coach Perkins said he wasn’t able to pick just one player of the game in the win, also mentioning Arguellez, a senior who had 20 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. 

Amanda Barcello, Seton Catholic Prep

A solid contributor all across the court each night for the Sentinels, the senior joined the 1,000 career points club Friday while helping Seton Catholic defeat Coconino 64-31.

Isabella Barrett, Verrado

Barrett, a sophomore, helped lift the Vipers to a 50-40 victory over Sunrise Mountain, leading the team in scoring with 16 points. 

Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro

Helping Sahuaro to its 41st consecutive home victory, the senior had a game-high 28 points to help the Cougars defeat Flagstaff 62-56.

Meisha Caserio, Gilbert

The freshman had 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals in Gilbert’s 61-36 win over Paradise Valley.

Tatyanna Clayburne, Williams Field

In the final appearance of her high school career, the senior led the team in scoring with 17 points in a 50-41 loss to Millennium. 

Marisa Davis, Valley Vista

Continuing her dominant high school career, the senior posted 32 points to help Valley Vista defeat Rincon/University 95-48. 

Mackenzie Dunham, Sunrise Mountain

Dunham, a sophomore, led the game in scoring, posting 19 of Sunrise Mountain’s 40 points in a 50-40 loss to Verrado. 

Nicole Evenson, Gilbert

On a team with no seniors, Evenson is thriving as one of the team’s leaders. The junior once again stepped up, posting 13 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three blocks to help Gilbert defeat Paradise Valley 61-36. 

Alaya Fitzgerald, Mesquite

In the game against Notre Dame Prep, the senior helped lead Mesquite to a 36-32 win with 23 points. 

Elli Guiney, Millennium

The standout freshman had a game-high 19 points — 17 in the first half — as the Tigers defeated Williams Field 50-41.

Jaden Leslie, Dobson

Leslie, a senior, had a game-high 16 points, helping Dobson defeat rival Westwood 40-37. 

Sarah Miller, Xavier

The freshman had a game-high 14 points against Mesa, helping the Gators chomp to a 40-30 victory.  

Madeline Namanny, Salpointe Catholic

Namanny, a senior, helped Salpointe Catholic grab a 54-45 victory over Deer Valley with a whopping 16 rebounds and two clutch jumpers to put a stop to a Skyhawks run.

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