The slate is pretty much clean for Xavier Prep basketball, and during the coming week and throughout most of June, coach Jennifer Gillom will get a chance to shape the 2019-20 edition of the Gators as they attempt to make another challenge for the 6A Conference state championship.
finished as 6A state runner-up in 2017-18 (to Surprise Valley Vista) and in
2018-19 (to Premier Region rival Chandler Hamilton).
have to figure out how to replace three key players who graduated recently –
guards Leilani McIntosh, Paris Rasheed-Moore and Addie Putnam.
will mix and match lineups in the annual Thunderbird Summer League at
Thunderbird High in north Phoenix (19th Ave. and Thunderbird).
had a varsity team and a JV team in the tournament in past seasons but this
year will have an “A” varsity team and a “B” varsity team. The A team will play
eight games and the B team will play seven. Times of games vary between 4 p.m. and
9 p.m. There are 31 teams entered.
have nine players who saw time with the varsity last season, but it is
uncertain how many of them will be available for the summer league.
They are seniors-to-be
Elysia Fleetwood and Tanya Barakat, juniors-to-be Mackenzie Coder, Rachel Orr,
Victoria Saucedo, Sophie Sash and Kailey Appel, and sophomores-to-be Ellie
Higgins and Toni Garcia.
remainder of the rosters will be filled out with girls who played on the JV
and/or freshman teams last season.
has a position-coaching job with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, for whom she once
played, so she likely will rely on assistants for help this summer. Last year’s
assistants were Patrick Mangosing and Rikki Mulloy.
Xavier schedules in Thunderbird
3 – Cave Creek Cactus Shadows (main gym, 6 p.m.), Anthem Boulder Creek
(auxiliary gym, 9 p.m.)
June 6 – Phoenix Horizon (main, 4)
10 – Scottsdale Saguaro (main, 5)
June 12 – Goodyear Desert Edge (auxiliary, 8)
17 – Scottsdale Chaparral (main, 8)
June 18 – Glendale Cactus (main, 6)
June 20 – Glendale Ironwood (main, 4)
3 – Phoenix Thunderbird Orange (main gym, 7 p.m.)
June 5 – Peoria Centennial (main, 9)
June 6 – Phoenix North “B” (main, 8)
10 – Phoenix North Canyon (main, 7)
June 13 – Phoenix Christian (main, 7)
June 18 – Scottsdale Notre Dame (main, 7)
June 19 – Phoenix Cortez (main, 4)