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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Idaho Girls Hoop POY: Tisha Phillips

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Tisha Phillips

THE BASICS

School: Lewiston (Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Phillips led the Bengals to a 22-4 record and their second straight Class 5A state title this past season. She averaged 15 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from inside the 3-point arc. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Phillips was named Player of the Game at the 2012 State Championships by IdahoSports.com.

Academic excellence: Phillips has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school guest speaker and as a youth basketball coach.

THE PRAISE

“Tisha Phillips is a fearless competitor and at times she seems unstoppable,” said Lewiston head coach Pat Teichmer. “She has a very high basketball IQ and always wants the ball in critical situations. She is a winner in all aspects.”

THE FUTURE: Phillips remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.