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 7, 2018

XCP finishes 22-5, awaits state seeding

Xavier Prep’s basketball team finished its regular season on Tuesday night (Feb. 6) with a 58-42 road victory over Catholic rival Phoenix St. Mary’s.

Xavier finished the season at 22-5 under head coach Jennifer Gillom.

The Gators could end up anywhere from 4 through 6 when the 6A Conference state tournament begins on Feb. 14. That means they would have a home game in the first round on Feb. 14. If the Gators were to win that first one, they also likely would have another home game on Feb.  17.

Semifinals are Feb. 21 and finals are Feb. 28, both at Arizona State’s Wells Fargo Arena.

The final bracketing will be determined in part by the outcome of eight “play-in’’ games for teams 9-24 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power rankings.

The top eight seeds, of which Xavier is one, will know their fates on Saturday (Feb. 10) in a bracket show that will be streamed live on

Xavier is led by senior inside players Montana Oltrogge and Katie Hassett, and junior guards Leilani McIntosh, Paris Moore and Addison Putnam. Oltrogge sat out the last few weeks of the regular season with shin splints, so it is unknown what her status will be for the playoffs.

6A Conference automatic qualifiers

(Seeds will be determined on Feb. 10.)

Scottsdale Desert Mountain

Gilbert High

Gilbert Highland

Goodyear Millennium

Phoenix Pinnacle

Mesa Red Mountain

Surprise Valley Vista

Phoenix Xavier Prep

Play-in games

(Thursday, Feb. 8 – seedings in parentheses)

Phoenix Desert Vista (24) at Tucson High (9)

Chandler High (17) at Gilbert Perry (16)

Yuma Cibola (18) at Phoenix North (15)

Mesa Westwood (21) at Phoenix Horizon (12)

Tucson Rincon/University (22) at Chandler Hamilton (11)

Avondale Westview (20) at Phoenix Mountain Pointe (13)

Glendale Copper Canyon (19) at Mesa Dobson (14)

Anthem Boulder Creek (23) at Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (10)

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