2007: Ta'Shia Phillips
November 12: Fort Wayne Luers 51-28 W
November 15: Warren Central 28-35 L
November 26: @ Franklin Central 41-50 L
November 30: Connersville 62-43 W
December 3: @ Heritage Christian 50-57 L
December 6: @ Speedway 60-51 W
December 8: vs Indianapolis Roncalli 41-39 W
December 10: vs Franklin Central 39-44 L
Brebeuf has not had an easy time adjusting to the consistent crowds being packed around Phillips this season. Brebeuf also lost five players from last season's squad, had two starters that just ended their volleyball season with a state title a week before the first basketball game, and lost guard Callie Curry to injury. Brebeuf has fallen out of the IHSAA Class 3A top 10 with a 4-4 record. Granted their schedule rates the 14th-toughest among all classes in the state of Indiana according to Jeff Sagarin, their four wins have come against teams ranked outside the top 64 Sagarin teams.
Brebeuf opened the season with a 51-28 win over Bishop Luers, then lost two in a row to Warren Central (35-28) and No. 10 Franklin Central (50-41) before winning at home against Connersville (62-43). In that stretch, Phillips averaged 14.8 points per game and had at least 20 rebounds in three of the four games.
In the opener, Phillips scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 from the line. Rebounds totaled 20, with 10 offensive and 10 defensive. She also added two steals and two blocks.
It was not just an off night by Ta'Shia against Warren Central, as the entire Brebeuf team only shot 27-percent from the floor. Phillips shot 5-of-12 from the field for 11 points. She had a season-high 21 rebounds (12 defensive), one assist and one blocked shot.
Despite hitting 53-percent form the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line, Brebeuf could not get the number of shots they needed to bring down No. 10 Franklin Central. Phillips had season lows in scoring (8) and rebounds (11) on 4-of-7 shooting. Phillips also fouled out of her first game of the season, but dished out three assists before leaving the game.
Down to just seven players seeing time on the court, everything seemed to click for Brebeuf against Connersville. The team shot 51-percent from the field and 44-percent from the perimeter and won by a comfortable margin. Phillips took a season-high 22 shots, hitting 12 of them, for a season-high 27 points and 22 rebounds (12 defensive). She also had an assist, three steals and three blocked shots.
Brebeuf then ran up against Class 2A No. 1 Heritage Christian and lost 57-50. Heritage Christian forced 23 turnovers on the Braves, limiting their shots and fouling out two of their seven players. Phillips finished with four fouls herself. Ta'Shia had 14 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, a steal, two blocked shots and season-high five turnovers.
Phillips had a nearly flawless offensive game against Speedway, helping the team to a 62-51 win in the first round of the Marion County Tournament. She shot 10-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line for 23 points, to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Game two of the tournament was a 41-39 win over Roncalli. Brebeuf was in a 12-5 hole by the end of the first quarter, but has climbed even by the end of the third. Ta'Shia Phillips from the inside and Caroline Schutzman on the outside had a combined 15 points in the second half to pull away from Roncalli. Phillips finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
In the semifinals of the Marion County Tournament, Brebeuf came up against Franklin Central, a team that had beaten them just two weeks earlier by 11 points. Brebeuf showed improvement, but lost the rematch 44-39. Phillips finished with a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting.
With a record of 4-4, Phillips is averaging 17.3 points and 16.1 rebounds this season. She also surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in the Roncalli game, and currently has 1,038 career points which places her fifth on the Brebeuf all-time career scorers list.
Brebeuf has a rematch with Roncalli on Friday, then travels to the Plymouth Shootout on December 22nd to face Wawasee (6-2) at 10:30am and Class 3A No. 8 Plymouth (7-2) at 8:30pm.