The basketball regular season ended for Xavier Prep on Tuesday night (Feb. 11) with a 60-34 loss at Chandler Hamilton.
Gators are looking ahead to a 6A Conference “play-in’’ game on Thursday night
(Feb. 13), with the winner advancing to the first round of the state tournament
(17-10) will host the play-in game at 7 p.m. against Mesa Red Mountain. Play-in
games were announced Wednesday (Feb. 12).
score was nearly identical to the one in the teams’ first meeting at Xavier on
Jan. 24, when defending state champion Hamilton recorded a 60-29 triumph.
In the first
quarter of Tuesday night’s game, Xavier appeared to come out with a more
aggressive mindset. The Gators led 9-6
on a 3-point basket by junior Kailey Appel with about 3 ½ minutes to play, but
then . . .
(20-6) scored 10 unanswered points to close out the quarter to gain control.
began to utilize their pressure defense, which made it difficult to move the
ball without turning it over.
a similar run late in the second quarter, led by guard Victoria Davis, one of
three seniors honored on the school’s Senior Night. Davis, who recently became
the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in her
career, led a balanced effort on the night with a team-leading 11 points.
held Xavier to a combined 15 points in the second half to win going away.
Jennifer Gillom said “I thought we would come out and have a great game. But it
showed that we need to handle pressure better. We are still lacking some of
“We can try
to learn from this and play better in the playoffs and next year, keep it
Elysia Fleetwood led the Gators with 12 points, and junior Tori Saucedo had 9.
Hamilton 60, Xavier Prep 34
Fleetwood 12, Tori Saucedo 9, Kailey Appel 3, Sophie Sash 3, Mia Davis 2,
Sienna Cherwinski 2, Sophia Alameddin 2, Hannah Young 1.