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Hamilton's Payton Whitmore drives against the Mesquite defense during the DI state girls basketball playoff game between the Hamilton Huskies and the Mesquite Wildcats at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Hamilton Huskies' Payton Whitmore (13) is pressured by Chandler Wolves' Cierra Fiorucci (3) during the basketball game between Hamilton Huskies and Chandler Wolves at Hamilton High School on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
Hamilton's Payton Whitmore,left, looks to pass the ball as she is guarded by St. Mary's Chloe Johnson during their Division I semifinal game at Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Tempe. St. Mary's defeated Hamilton with a score of 74 to 55. [Tim Hacker/Tribune] [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Monday's beginning to the girls basketball state tournament quarterfinals featured a Hamilton girls basketball team which looked as if it had been here before, had played in a college backdrop at Wells Fargo Arena more than once. The Huskies came out running, gunning and rebounding in its victory over a quick but inexperienced Avondale Westview squad.
Ashlee Moore didn't play in Hamilton's first meeting with Mesquite back in mid-December - a 10-point win for Mesquite - but the Huskies' senior guard played in the Division I quarterfinals on Tuesday night, and helped put the"X-factor" cliche back into truth.
To compensate for a lack of change at the top of the boys basketball landscape as the 2012-2013 season begins, the girls basketball world might pick up the slack.
Three-time defending champion Chandler Hamilton placed all five of its golfers in the top six Wednesday and holds a 13-stroke lead after the first day of the 5A-I boys golf state tournament at Aguila Golf Course.