Leading Edge Academy Gilbert won the 2018 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 2A Girls Basketball State Championship on Saturday, February 24 in a 50-44 victory over Sedona Red Rock High School at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The Lady Spartans captured the title with a season record of 27-4. This is the second year as a member of the AIA and also the second year Leading Edge has competed for a state title in Girls basketball, Leading Edge Academy was previously a member of the Canyon Athletic Association where they won 5 consecutive girls basketball titles starting in 2012. The Lady Spartans fell last year in the finals to Valley (Sanders). Coach Erik Gray was excited about the win and said, “I am so happy for our girls and our program to compete and win a state championship. I am especially excited for our 6 seniors as they are able to end their high school careers with a state title. Our talk all season has been about getting back to the game and finishing what we started last year. The girls all rose to the occasion this year and refused to let the season end the way it did in 2017.”
The Spartans were led in the title game offensively by Jasmine McKinney (15pts), Prima Chellis (13 pts), and Halle Price (11 pts). Defensively Emily Broos, Daija Sample and Mariah Estrada did an exceptional job limiting Sedona’s potent offense to only 3 1st half field goals. The Spartans took a 15 point lead in the 2nd quarter but the Scorpions clawed back and cut the lead to 2 in the 4th quarter. Late baskets by Prima Chellis, Emily Broos and Daija Sample helped to seal the victory and secure Leading Edge’s first state championship in any sport since joining the AIA prior to the 2016-2017 school year.