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Mountain View pulls away late to beat Xavier

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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 9:30 pm | Updated: 9:34 pm, Fri Feb 17, 2012.

It may have taken longer than it wanted, but the Mountain View girls basketball team eventually put away Xavier on Friday night to advance to the Division I girls basketball quarterfinals.

The Toros had a lead of nine points or more in every quarter but the Gators hung around until a late run gave top-seeded Mountain View a 67-50 victory in the second round of the playoffs at Mountain View.

The lead was three points at the half and Xavier was within eight with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Toros then held Xavier without a point for nearly five minutes and coasted to the win.

Mountain View had leads of 13-4, 23-13 and 43-34, but could never quite shake Xavier until the final push.

"It was frustrating," Toros guard Arnecia Hawkins said. "We didn't want to let them get too close because then they get momentum. When we get a lead we really need to try to keep it so we don't have to fight until the very end."

While the 17th-seeded Gators did keep it close, Mountain View (28-2) led from beginning to end and now advances to play No. 8 seed Chandler on Monday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Jordan Jensen's inside play was the key in this one, as she had 21 points on a variety of shots close to the hoop.

Hawkins added 20 points, six rebounds and three steals.

The teams faced off in the regular season and the Toros escaped with a 46-40 victory, and Mountain View coach Henry Bribiescas said he knew Xavier was going to be a tougher test than a typical No. 17 seed.

"There was no looking at what seed they were," he said. "I knew they were going to bring it today, and they did. They played very well."

The 50 points was the most Mountain View has allowed since Jan. 19, but the Gators only scored eight in the fourth quarter as the Toros pulled away.

"At halftime we told them they needed to play great defense, and they did," Bribiescas said. "They put pressure on the guards to make them work harder. I was very pleased with the (defensive) performance, especially in the fourth quarter."

Katie Worley had 16 points to lead Xavier.

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