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Girls basketball preview

November 21, 2019 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365


Millennium's Alexandra Zelaya (3) leads a formidable Tigers' squad seen as a heavy favorite to repeat as 5A champions this season. (Photo by Darin Sicurello/MaxPreps).

GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Capsule look at  top teams and players for the 2019-2020 season that begins Monday Nov. 25:

6A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics): Hamilton, Xavier Prep, Pinnacle, Valley Vista

Teams to watch: Hamilton, Perry, Valley Vista, Xavier, Chaparral, Pinnacle, Desert Vista, Chandler, Highland.

5A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics): Millennium, Gilbert, Horizon, Casteel

Teams to watch: Millennium

4A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics): Shadow Mountain, Seton, Sahuaro, Mesquite

Teams to watch: Shadow Mountain, Sahuaro, Seton, Estrella Foothills.

3A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics): Page, Holbrook, Chinle, Winslow

Teams to watch:

2A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics): Alchesay, Scottsdale Christian, St. Johns, Chandler Prep

Teams to watch:  Alchesay, San Carlos, Thatcher, Leading Edge, Valley Lutheran. Phoenix Christian, Pima, Glendale Prep

1A

Last year's final four (champ in bold, runner-up in italics):  Mogollon, Baboquivari, Rock Point, Red Mesa

 

Players to watch: American Leadership-Queen Creek - Kaycee Kimbal, 5-5, Sr. PG; Jessica Winquist, 6-1, Sr. F; Morgan Christensen, 5-10, Jr. W. Arcadia - Kasey Stuaffacher, 5-4, Jr. PG. Casteel -Daeja Johnson, 5-11, Jr. SG. Chandler - Victoria Mason, 5-7, Sr. G; Mykah Anderson, 5-7, Sr. G; Victoria Perez. 5-2, Sr. G. Chaparral - Anna Ostlie, 5-8, Sr. G; Jess Finney, 5-10, Jr. G. Coolidge - Brooklyn Pablo, So. G. Desert Mountain -  Jaedyn O'Reill, 5-10, Sr. G; Sophie Gerber, 5-10, Sr. G. Desert Ridge - Sam Wattawa, 5-10, Jr. G. Desert Vista - Hannah Robbins, 5-9, So. G; Jaida Brooks, 5-6, So. G. Dobson - Rachel Early 5-7, Jr. G; Jaden Leslie, 5-7, Jr. PG. Hamilton - Victoria Davis, 5-4, Sr. G; Sam Curry, 5-11, Jr. G. Highland - Airiana Madanski, 5-8, Sr. G. Leading Edge Academy - Ashley Broos 5-5, Sr. G; Morgan Smith 5-10, Jr,. F; Brionna Smith, 6-1, Jr. C.  McClintock - Jasmine Belt, Sr. F.  Mesa - Mackenzie Shivers, 5-5, So. PG. Mesquite - Alaya Fitzgerald, 5-8, Sr. G. Millennium - Alexandra Zelaya, 6-4, Sr. F; Jasmine Singleton, 5-6, Sr. PG, Trayanna Crisp, 5-7, So. G. Perry - . Pinnacle - Ally Stedman 5-10, Jr. PG; Kennedy Basham 6-7, So. C. Red Mountain -  Destiny Duncan, 5-8, Sr. G; Meilani West, 6-0, Jr. F. Sahuaro - Alyssa Brown 6-1, Jr. F; and Lucky Franke, 5-5, Jr. G . Seton Catholic - Sasha Daniel, 5-5 So. G; Lexi McNabb, 5-6, So. G; Amanda Barcello, 6-0, Jr. G-F.  Shadow Mountain - Senya Rabouin, 5-5, Sr. PG; Zhane Jordan, 5-9, Jr. F; Dyamond Butler-Worley, 6-0, Sr. F-C. Tempe Prep - Maya Kostov, 5-8, Jr. F.  Valley Vista - Jennah Isai, 5-10, So. G; Marisa Davis, 6-1, Jr. F-P; Alanis Delgado, 5-9, Jr. G; Saniyah Neverson, 5-11, So. F. Westwood - Kalayna Johnson, So.W. Williams Field - Cadence Davis, 5-7, Jr. G. 

GIRLS HOLIDAY INVITATIONALS CONTESTED IN THE VALLEY WEEK OF NOV. 25-30

Feast or Famine hosted by Moon Valley HS: Competing schools - Copper Canyon, Notre Dame Prep, Flowing Wells, Ironwood, Sunnyslope, Agua Fri, Sunrise Mountain, Apollo, Shadow Mountain, Moon Valley, Cesar Chavez, North, Peoria, Sierra Linda, Cactus Shadows and Arcadia. Tournament is Nov. 25-27, 29-30.

Basha Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Basha HS: Competing schools -- Ironwood Ridge, Basha, Cibola, Desert Mountain, Coronado, Casa Grande and Higley. Tournament is Nov. 25-26.

Miner Webster Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Highland HS: Competing schools -- Chandler, Horizon, Boulder 

Creek, Pinnacle, Sabino, Mesquite, Gilbert, Chaparral, Skyline, Campo Verde, Desert Ridge, Pueblo and Highland. tournment is Nov. 25-27, 29.

Skyhawks' Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Deer Valley HS: Competing schools -- Mountain Ridge, Deer Valley, Greenway, Independence, Willow Canyon, Centennial, Washington, North Canyon. tournament is Nov. 25-27.

Lady Black Hawk Invitational hosted by Williams Field HS: Competing schools -- La Joya Community, McClintock, Mesa Mountain View,  Mesa, Queen Creek, Williams Field, Corona del Sol,  and Apache Junction. Tournament is Nov., 25-27.

Scorpion Shootout hosted by Desert Edge HS: Competing schools -- Goldwater, Thunderbird, Payson, Prescott, Maricopa, Tucson, AZ College Prep, Shadow Ridge, Dobson, Sandra Day O'Connor, Xavier Prep, Desert Edge, Trevor Browne, Verrado and Canyon View. Tournament is Nov. 29-30.