Cambridge's Lilly Phillips commits to UAlbany

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — One of the top players in Section II girls basketball has made her college choice.

Cambridge's Lilly Phillips committed officially to the University at Albany on Monday, signing to play Division I basketball close to home in the America East.

"We're proud of the time and effort she's put in and how hard she's worked to get here," said her father and varsity coach, Bob Phillips. "My wife, Edith and her sister, Sophie, are all excited for her."

Phillips was a key contributor to a Cambridge Indians team who successfully three-peated as Class C sectional champions in New York this past season. Phillips and the Indians were set to defend their state title before the coronavirus canceled all remaining tournament games.

Phillips averaged more than 15 points a game and was one of the top rebounders as the Indians went 22-1 this season, with wins over Class AA teams Xaverian and Baldwin in the Rose Classic Super Jam in New York City back in January.

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As a junior, Phillips passed the 1,000-point milestone, getting there in a late-season victory over Hoosick Falls.

Phillips was also a member of the NY Havoc AAU squad.

She'll have a familiar face in the Great Danes' locker room, with Hoosick Falls' Logan Thayne set to play basketball for Albany head coach Colleen Mullen this winter.

The Great Danes are coming off a 9-21 season, finishing eighth in the America East. She was recruited by many of the Northeast's mid-major schools, including Bryant University in Rhode Island and Manhattan College.

"[Albany is a] school she feels comfortable with, it was the right fit at the right time," Phillips said. "She's excited to play for Coach Mullen."

Banner sports reporter Michael Mawson contributed to this article.


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