After leading her high school teams to three state championships in four years, local stud joins Eagle women's basketball family
Eastern Washington University head women's basketball coach Wendy Schuller announced Friday the final addition to her 2012 recruiting class - and she just happens to be the best high school player in the state of Idaho.
Tisha Phillips, a native of Lapwai, Idaho, and two-year varsity letterwinner at Lewiston High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at EWU.
"We are thrilled to have Tisha join the Eagle family," said Schuller. "She is a talented, tough competitor, who brings something a little different to our squad. Her ability to drive and get to the free throw line are attributes that will put her in a position to help us immediately."
Phillips was recently named the 2012 Idaho Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year - the first-ever recipient from Lewiston High School. The 5-foot-10 guard led the Bengals to a 22-4 season in 2012, and their second-straight Idaho 5A State title. She was selected by Idahosports.com as the Player of the Game in all three contests at the 2012 State Championships.
Phillips averaged 15 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.2 assists throughout her senior year, while also setting state tournament records for free throws made in a game (18) and in the tournament (34). She hit 34-of-36 total free throws in the playoffs for a remarkable 94 percent.
She is a two-time First-Team All-State selection, and was the 2012 All-5A Inland Empire League Player of the Year. In 2011, she was tabbed as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Phillips transferred to Lewiston High School after two years at Lapwai High School, where she helped bring home yet another state title. The Warriors won the Idaho 1A Division I crown in 2009, and finished as the runner-up in 2010.
She is the daughter of Montie Phillips and Nicole George, and has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
Phillips will be in like company when she officially joins the Eagle squad next fall, as sophomore Lexie Nelson is also a Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Nelson earned the honor for Montana in 2010.