Tisha Phillips of Lewiston has been named the 2011-12 Idaho Gatorade Player of the year in girls basketball.
The award not only recognizes athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.
The 5-foot-10 Phillips led Lewiston (22-4) to a second straight 5A state championship this year. 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.
“Tisha Phillips is a fearless competitor and at times she seems unstoppable,” Lewiston coach Pat Teichmer said. “She has a very high basketball IQ and always wants the ball in critical situations. She is a winner in all aspects.”
Phillips remains undecided on her college destination.
State all-star games
It’s the time of the year for state high school all-star games.
In Washington, the 2012 WIBCA All State boys games are Saturday at Curtis High School in University Place. There will be three games: 1B vs. 2B, 1A vs. 2A and 3A vs. 4A, beginning at 2.
Thirteen area players will participate. They are: TJ Bracey (Gonzaga Prep), Brett Boese (Shadle Park), Jordan Gassman (West Valley), Kwinn Hanson (Northwest Christian), Ty Egbert (Lake Roosevelt), Justin Berarducci (Colfax), Derek Isaak (Almira/Coulee-Hartline), Koby Blew (Valley Christian), Dustin Patchin (Colton), Cole McCanna (St. John-Endicott), Craver Small (Valley Christian), Josh Straughan (Colton) and Damie Loucks (Rosalia).
• In Idaho, the state high school all-star boys and girls games will be March 17 at North Idaho College.
The girls will tip things off at 1 followed by the boys at about 3:30.
Rosters are set. Playing on the North girls are: Kyeli Parker (Coeur d’Alene), Erin Legel (Coeur d’Alene), Brocklynn Thornton (Clark Fork), Jasmyn Smith (Lake City), Jansen Butler (Lake City), Tisha Phillips (Lewiston), Chelsea Waters (Lewiston), Taylor Anderson (Moscow), Liz Halcro (Priest River), Maggie Kirscher (Sandpoint), Kara Wenstrom (Timberlake) and Kelly Madsen (Timberlake). Alternates are: Mateah Harper (Kamiah) and Cieana Close (Lakeland).
Playing on the North boys are: Deon Watson (Coeur d’Alene), Devon Loy (Coeur d’Alene), Nathan Rathbun (Deary), Eric Cooper (Lakeland), Luke Ness (Lake City), Lane Brooks (Moscow), Marcus Colbert (Post Falls), Michael Hillman (Post Falls), Luke Thoreson (Post Falls), Jackson Olin (Sandpoint), Satchel Schetzle (St. Maries), Tyler Morgan (Kellogg) and Brian Cronnelly (Timberlake). The alternate is Jack Nygaard (Kamiah).