Phillips knocks off defending champs

Phillips’ bench celebrates as time expires in the She Bears’ 53-49 Northwest Regional Semifinal win over R.A. Hubbard, who eliminated Phillips in the regional finals last season. Shown celebrating are (from left) Autumn Edwards, manager Jill Gillum, Allie Veal, Mary Aston Hyde, Amber Markham, Lexie Hajjar, assistant coach Bart Hyche and head coach Scott Veal.

HANCEVILLE - Phillips defeated defending Class 1A state champion R.A. Hubbard 53-49 on Friday, Feb. 16, to advance to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A Girls Nothwest Regional Finals.
R.A. Hubbard defeated Phillips 57-53 in last season’s regional finals en route to the Lady Chiefs’ second state championship in school history and first since 2011.