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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oltrogge returns from injury, but Gators fall

The good news for Xavier Prep’s basketball team was the return of junior forward Montana Oltrogge to the lineup on Tuesday night (Jan. 31) after missing several games with a leg injury.
However, the outcome against host Chandler Hamilton wasn’t so good.
Xavier came out with aggressive play at both ends of the floor to remain within four points at the end of the first quarter, but went cold in the second quarter with only two points.
Hamilton took advantage and pulled away for a 67-48 victory.
The Huskies, who won the Division I championship last season, swept the two-game 6A Conference Premier Division series with Xavier and raised its overall record to 22-3. Hamilton was the No. 2 team (behind Gilbert High) in the Arizona Interscholastic Association rankings released on Wednesday (Feb. 1).
Xavier, meanwhile, slipped to 18-6 overall and was eighth in the rankings.
The Gators will finish out the regular season with two home games, on Friday (Feb. 3) against Phoenix Pinnacle and on Feb. 7 against Phoenix St. Mary’s.
All Xavier could muster in the second quarter was an early bucket by forward Katie Hassett. The junior also had her hands full on defense, trying to stop Hamilton post player Maya Banks.
Oltrogge scored eight of her team-high 19 points in the third quarter, but the Gators could not cut into the Huskies’ lead. Oltrogge connected for three 3-point baskets in the game.
Sophomore guard Paris Moore chipped in with 12 points, including six free throws.

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