Shakira Gillespie helps Maricopa run over Campo Verde. Photos by Raquel Hendrickson

With back-to-back wins this week, the Maricopa High School varsity girls’ basketball team improved their record to 11-7 overall. The Rams are 8-2 in the 5A conference and 1-1 in San Tan Region play.

The girls defeated Campo Verde 57-18 in a home blowout. Brooke Smith led the scoring with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Evone Santiago hit four 3-points for 12 points to with four rebounds and two steals. Tayler Riley-Coleman had seven rebounds, nine points and four steals and blocked a shot. Shakira Gillespie had six steals, eight points and four rebounds.

Maricopa downed Notre Dame Prep at home, 40-27. Gillespie was top scorer with 15 points, top rebounder with 10 and had six steals. Katherine Gores had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Santiago has six steals, six rebounds and three points. Riley-Coleman blocked three shots and added five points.

This week, the Rams moved up one slot in the state rankings to 15th in 5A. After competing in a holiday tournament in Chula Vista, California, the Rams had a sloppy return Saturday, losing to Williams Field (7-6) at home, 54-47. Their next competition is a home game against Higley (4-12) Jan. 17.

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