DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

XCP is No. 7 hoops seed, gets first-round bye

The basketball brackets were finalized by the Arizona Interscholastic Association on Sunday (Feb. 14), and Xavier Prep’s Gators are the No. 7 seed in Division I.
Xavier (18-8), which won its final six games of the regular season, earned a first-round bye in the state tournament and will open play at home at 7 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 19) against the winner of a Wednesday (Feb. 17) game between No. 23 Mesa Mountain View and host No. 10 Phoenix Horizon.
The Gators have played both of those teams this season, defeating Mountain View 62-30 on Jan. 29 at Mountain View and losing to Horizon 54-44 on Jan. 8 at Horizon.
Horizon (14-12) played at Mountain View (3-23) on Jan. 11 and handily defeated the Toros 60-25.
Forward Vanessa Murphy is the leader for Xavier. The 6-foot-2 senior is averaging 14.8 points per game, along with 9.7 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots. She had made 44 three-point shots and has made 70 of 93 free throws (75 percent).
Forward Alana Kelley has averaged 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds and has made 51 percent of her field-goal attempts.
Freshman point guard Leilani McIntosh is averaging 10.1 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 steals and has shot 51 percent from the field.
Freshman guard Paris Rasheed-Moore is averaging 5.2 points and 4.4 steals.
And sophomore forward Montana Oltrogge has provided a lift off the bench. She has played in eight games after sitting out with a knee injury suffered last season and is averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.

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