Mountain Pointe advances past Tolleson

Mountain Pointe advances past Tolleson

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Mountain Pointe advances past Tolleson

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It wasn’t exactly a nail-biter, but it wasn’t exactly a blowout either.

Every time Tolleson would come close to evening the score, Phoenix Mountain Pointe would stretch the lead back out.

And in the end, Mountain Pointe’s attack was just too much leading to a 77-58 victory over visiting Tolleson in a second-round matchup in the Division I tournament.

Mountain Pointe will take on second-seeded Gilbert Highland at 6 p.m. Monday at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena in the quarterfinals.

“We weren’t playing well, but every time they got a run to two or three, we jumped it back up to eight,” Mountain Pointe coach Trevor Neider said. “But we couldn’t get it up to 12 or 14. We thought that if we got the lead up to 12, 14 or 16, they would fold. But they didn’t. They were scrappy. They kept battling all night, and luckily we just kept hitting some shots and got a few stops.”

Mountain Pointe (26-5) led by a 43-35 margin at halftime before starting the third quarter on a 12-3 run.

“We had a little run in the third quarter where we played well on defense and made some stops,” Neider said. “We got stops and luckily our offense kept going in the third quarter. We hit some shots and we got to the line.”

Mountain Pointe finally started to pull away in the fourth quarter, where it outscored Tolleson 19-7 to lead to the final margin of 19 points.

“I think maybe they got a little tired on D,” Neider said. “We made some shots down the stretch, but defensively we did not play very well tonight.”

Senior forward Caitlyn Hetrick led Mountain Pointe with 22 points. During the game — the last home game of her high school career — she topped the 1,000-career point plateau. Also for Mountain Pointe, junior forward Kaylah Lupoe added 21 points and collected 10 rebounds, while Ashley Clubb and Maddy Sulka finished with seven points apiece.

Tolleson’s season ended with a 20-11 record.

Sophomore guard Lizette Cantu scored a team-high 14 points, with Julie Mireles adding 12 and Shay Heredia scoring 11.

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