Gilbert Mesquite’s girls basketball team returns to 5A-I Fiesta Region action tonight with its second game in a week against Chandler Hamilton -- this time at Hamilton High.
Last Wednesday when the teams met, Mesquite guard Megan Williams suffered an ankle sprain in the fourth period of the Wildcats' 50-41 victory. Williams has not played since and will miss at least the next two weeks with the injury, coach Candice Gonzales said.
Mesquite will, however, get junior Constance Lee back for tonight's matchup. Lee has missed the past 2 1/2 weeks with a shoulder strain.
A win without a starter: The Jackrabbits played Tuesday night’s game against Mesa High without starting guard Mohamad Sobh. Mesa coach Shane Burcar said Sobh served a two-day suspension for “not being able to control his tongue” in class.
Mesa High beat Dobson, 77-63, Tuesday with a big second half for its third straight region win after forfeiting six wins over an AIA recruiting bylaw violation.
Sobh averages 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
“We’ve gone through some adversity this year,” Burcar said. “But we’re moving on. We’re not going to make any excuses. Whoever is available we’re going to play hard.”
Hot on the home court: The Hawks' boys and girls basketball teams are the only local 5A schools with unblemished records at home this season. The teams are a combined 19-0 at home (Highland’s girls are 13-0 and the boys 6-0) Highland played the extra six games at home at its own Thanksgiving Tournament.
Leaders at the turn: The 5A-I Fiesta and East Valley region boys and girls basketball races are at the halfway point. The leaders heading into Friday’s games are: Gilbert Highland (3-1) and Chandler Hamilton (3-1) in Fiesta boys; Mesa Mountain View (3-1) and Mesa High (3-1) in East Valley boys; Highland and Mesa Dobson's girls (4-0) are first in the Fiesta and East Valley regions, respectively.
Technically, Hamilton's boys have the tiebreaker over Highland at this point since the Huskies beat the Hawks earlier this month, as do Mountain View’s boys over Mesa.