Sophie Phillips named Class C player of the year

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Sophie Phillips led the way for Cambridge girls basketball this year, helping her team defend their Class C title and finishing the year with a 22-1 record. Phillips and her teammates were ready for a chance to defend their state title before the coronavirus canceled the remainder of their tournament run.

On Wednesday, Phillips was named the Class C player of the year in New York. Phillips averaged 17.5 points per game during her junior season, including a season-high 27 points in a 76-40 Cambridge victory over Greenwich.

Phillips scored at least 20 points in nine different games this past season. The junior was held to single digits just once all season, in a 45-38 loss to Mechanicville late in the regular season, Cambridge's only loss. Phillips was only able to register six points in that game.

"She's really the engine that drives us, being the point guard and being our leading scorer," said Cambridge coach, and Sophie's dad, Bob Phillips. "I think she sets the tone for us as a team."

Sophie's game is multi-dimensional. Along with being a talented three-level scorer, the junior guard is also great at setting up her teammates and is strong defensively. According to coach Phillips, Sophie's best attribute is something that doesn't show up on the stat sheet.

"I think it all comes back to being a really good teammate. When you're a good teammate, I think that allows you to do a lot of things that come out on the court. She's always just had that," he said.

Sophie Phillips is joined by three of her teammates on the all-state teams. Nearly the entire Cambridge starting-five lineup was recognized, an impressive feat for the Indians.

"To have four kids on an all-state team, that doesn't happen very often," said coach Phillips.

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Sophie's twin sister, Lilly Phillips, made the first team all-state. Lilly finished the 2019-2020 season averaging 15.1 points per game. Lilly bested her twin sisters season high by a single point, scoring 28 in a game against New Hartford.

As a parent, coach Phillips is happy to watch his daughters find success on the court.

"I'm super proud of both of them. They've had a love of playing the game since they were really young and the two of them have really pushed each other to become better players," he said.

Cambridge's Fiona Mooney was also recognized, earning fifth team honors. Mooney was another key piece to a dominant Cambridge squad, averaging 10.4 points per game. Stasia Epler was named as an honorable mention recipient. Epler chipped in 8.5 points per game for the Indians.

Coach Phillips called Mooney and Epler "super, super talented players." He praised Mooney's toughness and her ability to defend the post at a high level. He said Epler, a sophomore, plays multiple positions for the Indians and is a tremendous shooter who also brings a strong knowledge of the game to the team.

Along with the Cambridge four, one other local athlete was given all-state team honors.

Logan Thayne of Hoosick Falls was named to the eighth team Class B all-state team after a strong season for the Panthers.

Thayne was a scoring threat every time she was on the court, averaging 24.6 points per game for the season, including a pair of 40 point performances. She is the all-time leading scorer for Hoosick Falls girls basketball.


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