Xavier Prep’s basketball team will have three talented freshmen to the mix this coming winter, but the player the Gators might rely on the most will be senior guard-forward Elysia Fleetwood.
She has a
great deal of experience, and it shows.
came on Monday (June 10) in the Thunderbird (High) Summer League, when she
scored a team-high 13 points to lead the XCP “A’’ team to a 50-33 victory over
The A team
now is 2-2 after dropping its first two, and the Xavier “B’’ team is 1-3 after
a 66-32 setback to Phoenix North Canyon on Monday.
known to her coaches and teammates as “E,’’ Fleetwood is valuable as a scorer,
rebounder and defender and maybe most of all, as a leader.
looking really good for us,’’ said Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom. “She is
setting a really great example. She works hard, and her teammates might find
that it’s not easy to keep up with her.’’
which has long relied on the 3-point shot, did so again against Saguaro,
connecting for five of them, including one by Fleetwood.
that Fleetwood and some of the other returnees are starting to resemble the
group that played a key role in last season’s drive to the 6A Conference state
just tell that they have that connection,’’ Gillom said. “That’s what I love
about this team, particularly with the things they do defensively. And when the
bench players come in, they are bringing a lot of energy.’’
Xavier’s top freshmen, Mia Davis, sat this one out with a minor injury. Another
freshman inside player, Hannah Young, helped pick up some of the slack with
aggressive play on defense and on the boards. And senior post Tanya Barakat
joined the team for the first time this summer and scored six points.
already has good defensive and reboundin skills,’’ Gillom said. “She will be
working on her post moves and once she gets that down, she will be an even
better player. Tanya played well last year in the second half of the season and
she should be able to continue that. She knows what she has to do.’’
The A team
will be back in action on Wednesday (June 12) with an 8 p.m. game against
Goodyear Desert Edge in T-Bird’s auxiliary gym. The B team will take the floor
again on Thursday (June 13) with a game against Phoenix Christian in the main
gym at 7 p.m.