Casa girls win own tournament

Casa Grande High School's Lady Gauchos repeated as champions of their own Big House Invitational tournament, but the win was by a points decision.

Casa Grande, Windsor and Redwood took turns knocking each other off, all three finishing with 2-1 records in the four-team match-play tournament. Eureka lost all three of its games.

Casa Grande's 10-point margin of victory over Redwood (55-45) was just enough to give the Lady Gauchos the tournament title, with Redwood second and Windsor third.

The championship was the third in as many years of the tournament's existence for the Lady Gauchos.

It wasn't easily achieved.

After losing to Windsor, 34-30, the night before, Casa Grande had to withstand a strong fourth-quarter surge by the Lady Giants to not only win the game, but also take the tourney title.

The game turned on the shooting of Lexi Schloetter in the second quarter. After a slow-paced opening quarter, Redwood managed to slip in front, 11-10, early in the second period. But Schloetter canned a momentum-changing 3-pointer and Casa went on a seven-point run.

Suddenly it was an 18-11 game and the Lady Gauchos never again trailed.

Not that the rest of the way was easy.

Casa led at halftime, 26-15, and kept the advantage at around 10 points, until Redwood dropped three 3-pointers, two by Ariela Rosenthal, through the net to cut the Lady Gaucho lead to five with still a minute to play.

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