Girls high school basketball -- CCC tournament: Trinity's Phillips-Wilder in sync

Girls high school basketball -- CCC tournament: Trinity's Phillips-Wilder in sync


Girls high school basketball -- CCC tournament: Trinity's Phillips-Wilder in sync


In a world full of texts, tweets and Instagram messages, Trinity’s Leeanne Phillips and Claire Wilder have a language all to themselves. It is an unspoken dialogue that goes unnoticed to the average fan.

But their silent communication spoke volumes Friday in the CCC tournament at Trinity. The pair of seniors led the Wildcats past Prattville Christian, 63-36, thus earning a berth in today’s championship finale against St. James.

“The two of us and Janie (Hampton) have been playing together so long that we know what the other is thinking and what we’re going to do on the court. We don’t have to say a word because we know each other so well,” Phillips said.

Their non-verbal magic was on full display during the decisive second quarter. The Wildcats blistered the Panthers for 31 points, getting five 3-pointers from four different shooters to lead 41-19 at the half.

“One thing we preach on offense is that if you’re open, you take the shot,” Trinity coach Blake Smith said. “I see them hit these shots in practice, so when we’ve got an open look, I want them to knock it down.”

Trinity (10-0) was operating with offensive efficiency with five scorers in double digits, and the Wildcat defense was equally effective with its harassing man-to-man scheme.

Elisabeth Kelley, PCA’s primary outside threat, was held scoreless thanks to Wilder’s suffocating coverage.

“My job was to stay on her and not give her any open shots because she’s so dangerous,” Wilder said. “It was a team effort, though, the way everyone played defense.”

Hampton had 14 for Trinity, while four players — Sophie Burks, Anna Lee Curles, Dawson Williams and Wilder — each had 10.

Nicole Hoots led PCA (10-4) with 17 points, while Sydney Bell scored 11.

St. James 53,

Montgomery Aca. 28

After falling behind late in the first period, St. James’ Regan Riddle sparked a 28-8 run that spanned two quarters to advance to today’s championship game. Riddle scored 12 of her 14 points in the opening nine minutes to pace the Trojans.

St. James (10-3) was led by Katie Bonner with 17 points. The Trojans seek their fifth CCC championship, the most in the 20-year history of the girls division of the event.

Caroline Lester scored 13 points to lead MA (7-3).

Autaugaville 62,

Catholic 54

Keshay Steele scored 22 points to lead Autaugaville (7-2) in a consolation contest. Verlonda Hopson added 19, and Kierra Davis tallied 12 for the Eagles.

Kirstin Wood led Catholic (3-5) with 25 points, while Iyana Tate chipped in with 15 and Regine Parker scored 12.

Calhoun 56,

BTW Magnet 41

Adasia Rudolph and Valenciya Allen each tallied 14 points to lead Calhoun (6-8).

BTW was paced by Amber Forte’s 11 points.


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