Highest Performing Arizona HS Girls in Basketball Playoffs

The Arizona Women’s High School Basketball Playoffs served as the crowning glory for many teams that were among the best in the state throughout the season. Standout performances, however, came from all over Ar throughout the playoffs. These are the best players in the playoffs (players are named by their coaches and listed in alphabetical order):

Leamsi Acuna, Tucson Flowing Wells, G, Jr.

Although Acuna struggled with nine turnovers in Flowing Wells’ resounding championship game loss to Goodyear Millennium, she played a huge role in the Caballeros getting this far. After 12.4 points and 5.7 assists per game this season, she had 28 points and 14 assists in quarterfinal and semifinal wins over Flowing Wells.

Aisha Ashley, Chinle, F, Sr.

Although No. 12-seeded Chinle’s Cinderella run to the 3A Championship Game failed narrowly in a 66-64 overtime heartbreaker, Ashley ended her career on an undisputed high. She scored 19 points in the Wildcats’ quarterfinal and semifinal wins.

Kylee Callahan, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, G, Sr.

Callahan led Salpointe Catholic with 19 points in the Lancers’ 65-48 win over Flagstaff in Game 4A. And although she only scored seven points in their semi-final win over Chandler Seton Catholic, she grabbed 10 rebounds in that pivotal game.

Meisha Caserio, Gilbert, G, So.

Gilbert missed seven points to reach his seventh league game, but the Tigers still had a successful season, reaching the semi-finals. Caserio played a major role in that, scoring 20 points in the quarterfinal win over Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.

Mikalea Cooper, Surprise Valley Vista, G/F, Sr.

Despite only playing 16 minutes due to a foul issue, Cooper led Valley Vista with 13 points in their 6A Championship win over Gilbert Perry. She also scored 14 against Phoenix Desert Vista in the semifinals.

Sasha Daniel, Catholic Chandler Seton, G, Sr.

Daniel was unable to cap off his excellent high school career with a third straight state championship. She had another strong postseason, though, averaging 15.7 points per game in the Sentinels’ run to the 4A Semifinals.

Brandy Edwards, Whiteriver Alchesay, C, Sr.

Edwards had an incredible playoff run, averaging 20.5 points per game in Alchesay’s 3A State Championship. She scored a game-high 22 points in the league match win over Chinle.

Talia Estrada, Leading Edge Academy-GEC, G, Sr.

Estrada has dominated all season and the playoffs have been no different. She broke her thumb in the Spartans’ semi-final loss to Fort Thomas, but averaged 20 points per game in the first two rounds.

Michaela Fairwell, Phoenix Desert Vista, P.

Fairwell struggled in Desert Vista’s semifinal loss to Valley Vista, but she helped lead the Thunder there with 20 points against Chandler Hamilton in the semifinals. Year One has a bright future ahead of it, as does Desert Vista as a whole.

Elli Guiney, Goodyear Millennium, G, So.

Guiney led all scorers with 14 points in the 5A Championship Game. On a team with Trayanna Crisp, engaged in Arizona State, she stood out with 15.3 points per game during the Tigers championship.

Taliyah Henderson, Catholic Tucson Salpointe, F, P.

Henderson was absolutely dominant in Salpointe Catholic’s championship game win over Flagstaff. She finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds, including eight offensive boards — more than Flagstaff as a team. This work on the glass made the difference in the 65-48 victory.

Jennah Isai, Surprise Valley Vista, G/F, Sr.

Isai, who won the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year on Wednesday, didn’t need to flex his scoring power in Valley Vista’s waltz for the state championship. Instead, she dominated with a well-rounded approach, finishing the playoffs averaging 17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.

Sarah Miller, Phoenix Xavier Prep, G, So.

2 seed Xavier Prep’s season ended prematurely in his semi-final loss to 11 seed Gilbert Perry, but Miller ended his incredible sophomore season with a strong postseason. She had 25 and 22 points in the Gators’ first- and second-round wins, respectively.

Gracelyn Nez, Flagstaff, G/F, Sr.

Even in defeat, Nez was a standout performer in Flagstaff’s championship game loss. She had a game-high 22 points on just 13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds in the contest.

Jazlyn Nosie, Whiteriver Alchesay, G/F, So.

Nosie played a huge role in Alchesay’s title. She averaged 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per playoff game, including 16 points, six rebounds and five assists in the championship game.

Jasmine Oliver, Fort Thomas, G, So.

Fort Thomas fell short in the 1A Championship Game, but Oliver still had a great playoff run. During the semi-final and the championship, she had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Khamil Pierre, Gilbert Perry, G/F, Jr.

No one in the state was better at scoring than Pierre in the playoffs. In five games (as the No. 11 seed in 6A, Perry had to play in the play-off round), Pierre scored 21.2 points per game, including a game-high 24 in the game’s loss to the title against Valley Vista.

Aubrie Sherwood, Pima, G, Sr.

Pima finished its season 29-1 with a 2A title. Sherwood was critical in the championship game win over Sedona Red Rock, scoring a game-high 14 points.

Theo Mackie covers Arizona high school sports and Phoenix Rising FC. He can be reached by email at theo.mackie@gannett.com and on Twitter @theo_mackie.