Just about every Waxahachie athlete who has played basketball for coach Lesli Priebe has taken part in the annual Waxahachie Summer League and it is no surprise that the Lady Indians have had success in UIL action.

The summer league provides hour-long games against some of the best competition in the area while giving players the chance to play with their possible teammates come November.

Instead of playing with strangers on AAU-like teams across the metroplex the summer league players get the chance to gel with their teammates and show what they can do together.

Last season JaMayia Perez, Dawn King and Paris Townsend all got to play with the Waxahachie 1 squad and showed they were ready for the varsity level. The three all played on varsity during UIL action, Townsend and King as freshmen, after a strong showing in the summer league.

With several key players graduating from the Lady Indians Friday night there will be holes to fill come November. The next month of summer league will give young players such as Lyric Branch and Shanquel Wheaton (see page 1B) a chance to shine and gel with the varsity veterans in their push to earn a roster spot alongside Taylor Hill, Kraneshia Overton, Tambra Henry, Perez, King and Townsend.