It’s up to the Gators, who have won two 6A Conference state championships in a row.
Xavier finished its regular season on Friday night (Feb. 1) with a 4-0 loss at Chandler Hamilton.
It was the third straight loss by the Gators, all by shutout. Their record is 8-6-1.
They will have an opportunity to qualify for the state tournament with a “play-in’’ game on Thursday (Feb. 7). The game will be at Xavier (6 p.m.) against an as-yet-to-be-named opponent.
Teams 9 through 24 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power-points rankings will participate in the play-in. Xavier was No. 9 prior to meeting Hamilton, but the Gators could slip a spot or two depending on what other teams did in their finales.
Winners of the play-in games will move on to the state tournament and will be seeded against the top eight teams, which automatically qualified. First round of the state tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 9.