Basketball season for Phil Campbell Bobcats – Class 3A, Area 15
Craig Thomas enters his eighth year at the helm of the Phil Campbell Bobcats girls basketball program. Thomas and his teams have experienced a lot of success in those years, dominating the Franklin County Tournament and their area and making runs through the Northwest Regionals and the Final Four.
“We have been blessed with some good talent at Phil Campbell,” said Thomas. “We have some girls that love the game, and they have worked hard. The girls we have returning this year are more than capable of having a lot of success.”
The Bobcats easily won the Franklin County Tournament this past season. They breezed through their area and subregion before losing to Susan Moore in the Sweet Sixteen, 45-41.
“That was tough,” said Thomas. “They were a good team, and we had a good chance to beat them.”
Phil Campbell returns three players who either started or played significant minutes. Kenner Scott averaged four rebounds and eight points per game. Faith Cook averaged five rebounds and four points per game. Madison Branch played a significant role for the Bobcats inside, especially on defense.
“This is a good group of girls returning,” said Thomas. “Our expectations are the same. We want to win 20 games, repeat as county champions and make a return trip to the Northwest Regionals.”
Shane Clay said he is optimistic about his Phil Campbell Bobcats basketball team for many reasons, but two key points are his team’s athleticism and experience.
“I am really excited about this year’s team,” said Clay, who is beginning his third year as the Bobcats’ head coach. “This will be the most athletic team we’ve had in the three years I have been here. It will also have the most depth. We have a lot of returning players coming back and a great group coming up.”
Clay returns several players from the past year’s team, including Bryant Hyde, who averaged 12.1 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Canaan Clay averaged 10.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Cam Habada averaged 6.9 points per game and shot 36 percent from behind the three–point arch. Kyle Pace averaged 6.1 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game. Blain Goodson averaged 5.9 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Phil Campbell competes in 3A Area 15 with Vinemont, East Lawrence and Danville.
PCHS BOYS ROSTER
1– Sage Raper
3– Kyle Pace
4– Bryant Hyde
5– Canaan Clay
10– Cole Pace
11– Andrew Green
14– Blain Goodson
20– John Randall Herring
23– Quentin Hyde
24– Cam Habada
44– Seth Hutcheson
PCHS GIRLS ROSTER
3– Jade Roberson, Senior
5– Allie Herring, Junior
10– Hannah Welborn, Sophomore
11– Maddie Raper, Junior
12– Kenner Scott, Senior
14– Madison Branch, Junior
15– Faith Cook, Senior
22– Chesney Hamby, Junior