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 24, 2021

XCP is rock solid in hoops win over Boulder Creek

 Xavier Prep’s basketball team all the way up into the far north Valley on Tuesday night (Feb. 23) for a game against Anthem Boulder Creek.

Boulder Creek had a decent 7-4 record entering the contest, but the Gators took care of business with a 52-31 victory.

Xavier is now 8-3 and will play at home on Friday (Feb. 26) against Chandler Basha. The opening tip will be at 5:30 p.m., with a junior-varsity game scheduled before that at 4 p.m. Xavier triumphed in the first game at Basha, 60-34 on Jan. 26.

The Gators will have their final two regular-season games next week on Tuesday (March 2) at Chandler High and on Friday (March 5) at home against Gilbert Perry.

Sophomore Mia Davis led Xavier against Boulder Creek with 14 points (including two 3-pointers), along with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman Sarah Miller scored 12 points.

Xavier had 20 steals as a team, including six by senior Tori Saucedo and five by sophomore Sienna Cherwinski.

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