Cambridge's Sophie Phillips commits to Rhode Island

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — New York's Class C girls basketball player of the year has a new home, and it is in South Kingstown, R.I.

Cambridge basketball standout Sophie Phillips announced on Twitter on Sunday that she will be continuing her basketball career at the University of Rhode Island.

"I'm happy for her and relieved that she made a good decision for herself," said her father and Cambridge coach Bob Phillips.

Phillips drew interest from multiple colleges and universities. In the past month, she narrowed the list to three: Delaware, St. Joseph's University, and Rhode Island.

"They like to run and press, go uptempo. That's exactly what Sophie likes to do. I think their style fits her, and she fits them," said Bob Phillips

Phillips has achieved a lot during her three seasons of high school basketball for the Indians. Cambridge has won their sectional championship every year Sophie has been on the roster.

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This past season, Cambridge ended the season with a 22-1 record. The Indians were looking to defend their Class C state title after winning it all during the 2018-2019 season.

Phillips has had her fair share of individual achievements, as well. The junior guard registered the 1,000th point of her career in Cambridge's second game of the season, a game in which she had a season-high 27 points in a 76-40 win over Greenwich.

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Phillips was held to single digits in points just once this past season, Cambridge's only loss of the year. She scored at least 20 in nine contests, and averaged 17.5 points per game on the year.

Phillips's twin sister, Lilly, announced last week she will be playing college

basketball at the University at Albany.

Albany had recruited both sisters heavily, according to their father. Ultimately, Sophie and Lilly will get an opportunity to show what they can do apart from each other for the first time, something Bob Phillips knew was a possibility.

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"We had a talk with them last year. You guys need to make the best decision for you, individually," said Bob Phillips.

Sophie isn't the only New York player committed to URI. Dolly Cairns of Saratoga Springs High School will also continue her basketball career with the Rams, too. Cairns, a senior, will start her college basketball career next year.

URI went 13-16 last season under first-year coach Tammi Reiss.

Cairns and the Phillips sisters have played against each other on the AAU circuit. Sophie and Lilly play for the New York Havoc, while Cairns has played for the Albany City Rocks.

The Phillips sisters still have one year left at Cambridge, as they look to four-peat as sectional champions and make another deep tournament run.


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