The Gilbert Highland girls jumped out to an early lead and coasted Monday to a 62-45 victory over Tempe Marcos de Niza in the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena.
Morgan Wohltman and Chanel Thorley each scored six points in the first period as Highland built a 20-7 lead after one quarter. Wohltman added 18 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 24. Thorley finished with 12 for Highland (21-3).
Marcos de Niza (13-9) tried to rally in the second half, cutting the lead to nine early in the fourth. Junior center Joy Burke led Marcos with 19 points and Maggie Alesci added 10.
On the boys side, No. 5 Chandler Basha (5A-I) fell to Phoenix North (5A-II), 67-55. North led nearly the entire game.
North (11-9), which starts four sophomores and a junior, got a strong first half from 6-foot-5 forward Daniel Bejarano, who scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half.
Point guard Blake Nash led the Bears (13-6) with 19 points.
Basha opens 5A-I Central Region play at home tonight against No. 2 Phoenix Desert Vista.
Laveen Cesar Chavez used a 22-12 advantage in the second period to turn around its game with Mesa Dobson and went on to defeat the Mustangs, 67-54.
P.J. Neal led Cesar Chavez with 19 points and Kaylim Noel added 13. The Champions shot 50 percent from the field, while Dobson connected on just 35 percent of its shots from the floor.
Taylor Johnson paced Dobson with 14 points and Jarrett Green chipped in with 10.
At McKale Center in Tucson, Mesa Mountain View fell to Tucson High 54-47.
Brendon Lavender led the Toros (15-6) with 17 points and Jordan McLelland added 12.
In the evening finale at Wells Fargo Arena, Phoenix Xavier had three players score in double figures in a 59-52 win over Mesa Dobson.
Rikki Mulloy (13), Ashley Medl (10) and Shay May (10) helped lead a balanced attack for the Gators (13-4).
Chadi Leith led the Mustangs (13-8) with 10 points.