By Jesse Lamar
Journal Record General Manager
HANCEVILLE - The defending 1A state champion Phillips She Bears saw their season come to an abrupt end on Monday, Feb. 17, after suffering a 56-33 loss to the Mars Hill Lady Panthers in the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest Regional basketball tournament that was held at Wallace State Community College.
The She Bears advanced to the regional championship game after defeating the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagles 50-46 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 13.
HANCEVILLE - The returning state 1A girls champions had to make a comeback Thursday, Feb. 13, over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy in the northwest region semifinals held at Wallace State Community College, in Hanceville. The Phillips She Bears won 50-46.
The She Bears trailed until the third quarter, where they took a 10-point lead at one point. The DHCA Lady Eagles made their own comeback in the fourth quarter, falling short by four points.
The win put PHS in the finals Monday, Feb. 17, where they will play Mars Hill.
BEAR CREEK - There were lots of smiles and tears as Ally McCollum signed her basketball scholarship with Shorter University Friday, Nov. 22, marking the start of a new chapter in her life.
Ally, a senior at Phillips High School in Bear Creek, will play for the Division 2 college in Rome, Georgia.
A scholarship signing ceremony was conducted in the PHS gym with students, teammates, faculty, friends and family all on hand. She received a big round of applause as she signed on the dotted line.
BEAR CREEK - 1A state champions the Phillips She Bears took a commanding win over the 2A Winston County Lady Jackets Thursday, Nov. 21, 69-36. Alli Temple was the leading scorer for the She Bears with 31 points, followed by Ally McCollum with 18.
The Lady Jackets had Emily Holt and Brenna Wakefield leading the scoring with 9 points each. Makayla Lindsey was not far behind with 6, and lead rebounding with 8.
BEAR CREEK - It was a night of memories and victories, as the Phillips She Bears honored their seniors and took wins over Lynn and Tharptown Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The PHS She Bears won in straight sets over both teams defeating the LHS Lady Bears 25-12 and 25-13. The She Bears won 25-21 and 25-17 over The Lady Wildcats.
Stats for the She Bears in the Lynn match include:
Alli Temple, 9 assists, 3 kills;
Gracie Hallman, 3 assists, 2 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace;
Ally McCollum, 1 dig, 7 kills, 3 blocks.
She Bear stats for the Tharptown match are:
BEAR CREEK - Phillips High School's homecoming was not only dampened by the light rain in the area, but also the Hackleburg Panthers, who pulled away in the second half to beat the Bears 38-22.
The mood between the two teams was friendlier and emotional prior to the start of the game when Hackleburg offensive lineman Kade Holcomb and wide receivers Gavin Pyburn and Ethan Heggy presented flowers to homecoming court contestant Emma Taylor in memory of her brother, Kiah, who lost his life in a two-vehicle accident in July.