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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Another busy hoops week, another XCP win

You can’t say that Xavier Prep’s basketball team is not tested.

For the second straight week, the Gators are playing three games in the same week.

They have an 11-0 record after Thursday night’s (Dec. 13) 69-18 victory over visiting Phoenix North, and now turn their attention to a road contest against Scottsdale Chaparral (5-6) on Friday night (Dec. 14). Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Coach Jennifer Gillom said the team had been stressing with closer games at Phoenix Desert Vista and Phoenix Mountain Pointe, and her team’s shots were not falling with the same consistency in previous games.

Against North, the Gators returned to Gillom’s blueprint with three double-figure scorers and better accuracy with 3-point shots (they made eight).

Xavier outscored the Mustangs 23-0 in the first quarter, and the race was on. The Gators continued to employ their suffocating press, and North had no answer.

“We play hard “D’ (defense), and that takes a lot of intensity night-in and night-out,’’ Gillom said. “We had a little more of that tonight.’’

On offense, 10 Xavier players scored. Senior point guard Leilani McIntosh led the way with 18 points, followed by senior guards Addie Putnam (16) and Paris Rasheed-Moore (10).

Looking at Friday night’s game, Chaparral's record is somewhat deceptive.

Gillom said the Firebirds “are a disciplined team that shoots well and is able to execute. We have to make sure that we play our game, not theirs.''

Xavier Prep 69, Phoenix North 18

XCP – Leilani McIntosh 18, Addie Putnam 16, Paris Rasheed-Moore 10, Mackenzie Coder 9, Elysia Fleetwood 6, Truly Helton 2, Victoria Saucedo 2, Cara Coffman 2, Tanya Barakat 2, Ellie Higgins 2.

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