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Cancer claims life of coach

Monday, July 12, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)----A well-known southwest Missouri women's basketball coach has died after a three-year battle with colon cancer.

Thirty-six-year-old Stephanie Phillips, who coached at Springfield Kickapoo High School, died Saturday evening.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that in nine years at Kickapoo, Phillips had a 214-38 record, state championships in 2003 and 2005 and a third-place finish last season.

Phillips was Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005. She was Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2010.

Surviviors include her husband, Scot Phillips, a Monett High School graduate, and two young sons, Drew, 6, and Levi, 3. Phillips is the son of J.L. Phillips, formerly of Monett.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, July 15 at Second Baptist Church in Springfield under the direction of Klinger-Cope Funeral Home at Rivermont.

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