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.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Gators' Davis, Miller selected HM in hoops

 It’s safe to say that Xavier Prep’s basketball team would not have reached the 6A Conference semifinal round in 2021 without the all-around ability displayed by two of its top young players, sophomore Mia Davis and freshman Sarah Miller.

Xavier finished among the top four teams in the state for the third time in the last five years, posting a 13-4 overall record as the No. 3 seed in the state tournament. Xavier fell in the semis, 54-46 to eventual champion Surprise Valley Vista.

On Monday (April 19), Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard-forward, and Miller, a 5-10 strong forward, were recognized as Honorable Mention selections as the Web site announced its annual All-Arizona teams.

Miller played in all 17 of the Gators’ games, leading the team with a 13.5 scoring average. She also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals, shot 51 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

Davis played in 15 games, averaging 11.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 2.8 steals and 1.1 block. She connected on 14 3-point attempts and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Perhaps her finest moment came on March 5 when she banked in a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded to give Xavier a 62-60 victory over visiting Gilbert Perry at the Activity Center.

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