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Girls Basketball Posts Comeback Win over ALA-QC

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Senior Alivia Pautz has 12 points and 10 boards as the Notre Dame Prep girls basketball team posted a comeback win over American Leadership Academy Tuesday 44-36. The Saints were down 11 in the first half but took control of the game in the third quarter.

“We always talk about each game will have different situations and tonight we got down,”: said Head Coach Dell Mims. “Our girls are fighters and have been all year. They knew they could comeback. We just knew we needed to get stops, rebounds and get 50-50 balls.”

NDP trailed by 11 in the first half but closed the half on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 20-18 at the break. Alivia Pautz got her first basket in the second half and the team took their first lead at 23-22 at the 4:13 mark of the third.

The Saints held ALA to five points in third to build a 33-25 lead, eventually pushing the lead to double digits,

Payton Riggins and Charlotte Kelmon had nine points each in the game. Freshman Ava Pautz tied for team-best with 10 boards and senior Shannon Nagel added seven second-half points.

“It was a great team effort tonight and everyone stepped up when their number was called,” said Mims.

The Saints improved to 11-2 on the season, earning a No. 7 ranking in the latest AIA 4A power rankings released Tuesday.

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