“We made it to state. Why not go for it?’’
assessment of Xavier Prep basketball coach Jennifer Gillom after the Gators’
79-53 victory over visiting Mesa Red Mountain in a 6A Conference “play-in’’
game on Thursday night (Feb. 13).
allows Xavier (18-10) to advance to the first round of the state tournament on
Tuesday (Feb. 18), a road game with the opponent to be announced on Saturday
(Feb. 15). There are no more home games from here on out.
entered the play-in as the 10th overall seed, while Red Mountain
(8-19) was 23rd. Xavier will play one of the top eight seeds in the
had consistency across the board against Red Mountain, “and it came at the
right time. We don’t need to be on a rollercoaster now,’’ Gillom said.
was pleased with the team’s balanced scoring as well as the defensive effort.
players scored, with senior guard-forward Elysia Fleetwood coming up with one
of her best games of the season with a game-high 29 points. Freshman inside
player Mia Davis was next with 13 points.
away to a good start in the first quarter, with junior guard Channing Kehoe
providing some scoring fuel with a pair of 3-point baskets.
pick up the slack caused by the absence of junior guard Mackenzie Coder, who
was on crutches after suffering a knee injury in te regular-season finale
against defending state champion Chandler Hamilton on Tuesday night (Feb. 11).
It is not known whether she will be sidelined again.
scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Gators had a firm grip on the
10 3-point backets for the game, including one by former Red Mountain player
Kailey Appel, who transferred to XCP after her freshman season in Mesa. Her
father, Martin, coached the Mountain Lions for a number of years, including a
state title season led by Kayla Pedersen, who went on to play collegiately at
Stanford and in the WNBA.
Xavier Prep 79, Red Mountain 53
scoring – Elysia
Fleetwood 29, Mia Davis 13, Tori Saucedo 8, Channing Kehoe 6, Toni Garcia 6,
Sophie Sash 6, Kailey Appel 4, Rachel Orr 2, Ireland Blim 2, Lauren Etsitty 2,
Tanya Barakat 1.