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Proctor basketball begins the season strong

PROCTOR- The 5th & 6th grade boys basketball team has opened their season with three straight victories and a tournament championship.

Proctor Champions 12.29

Phantom boys victorious over Fair Haven

The Proctor Phantoms started off with an exciting victory over Fair Haven. Coach Terri Carrington has a few veterans from last year's team but is mostly working with a team made up of fifth graders new to the game. It was these veterans that started the game Monday night: Jack Morgan, Tyler Carrington, Peyton Mitchell and forwards Derek Almond and Callum Owen.

The guards on both sides pushed the ball up the floor dictating the fast game pace. Almond was 2 of 4 from the foul line giving Proctor a 6 to 4 lead after the first six minute quarter. Proctor continued its run extending their lead 13 to 8 but with only 2 and a half minutes left before half time Fair Haven made a run scoring 6 points within a minute and tied the game at 14 with only 48 seconds left in the quarter. Fair Haven took a 16 to 14 lead into half time after they scored a quick fast break lay-up.

The Phantom guards stuck fast and quick in the opening of the second half with Morgan and Carrington each scoring to give Proctor the lead again, 18 to 16. Proctor was maintaining its lead until Fair Haven converted a quick in-bound pass and a fast break for 4 points and took the lead at 26 to 24. The third quarter once again saw fast play with both teams rebounding well and passing up the floor for fast break opportunities. The teams traded baskets and kept the score close when Morgan's foul line jumper hit nothing but net giving Proctor a 4-point lead. Mitchell from Proctor hit an outside jumper with 1:10 left in the game giving Proctor its biggest lead and final winning score of 36 to 30.

Jack Morgan was high scorer with 13 points. Derek Almond contributed 10 points and Tyler Carrington added 7. Rounding out the scoring for Proctor was Peyton Mitchell 4 points and Zachary Bates 2 points. Almond and Owen were steady forces on the boards pulling down a number of rebounds not to mention several blocked shots. Coach Carrington did an excellent job of rotating in her first year players for valuable experience.

Rutland Town Snowball Tournament Friday, Dec. 23

The Phantoms captured their second straight win with a first round victory over the West Rutland Golden Horde in the Rutland Town 5th/6th grade Snowball Tournament. Proctor controlled the game from tip off with Tyler Carrington getting Proctor on the board. Jack Morgan pulled down an offensive rebound and converted a fantastic reverse lay-up, and then he went coast to coast for another layup giving Proctor a 6-0 lead. Proctor missed some easy hoops in the first quarter but their defense was strong keeping West Rutland from scoring the whole first quarter. Jack Morgan and Carrington, the starting guards, controlled the offensive and tempo by pushing the ball up the court and driving to the middle of the key for many of their shots. Forwards Derek Almond and Callum Owen did a great job rebounding and starting the fast breaks with great outlet passes.

Coach Carrington called a timeout with 4:05 left in the second quarter. With her team up 18-0, Coach substituted in 5 first year fifth graders. The rookies struggled with setting up their offense but the experience was invaluable. West Rutland finally got on the scoreboard with a foul shot attempt and then a quick offensive rebound bringing the score to 18-3. They scored twice more but Nate Greb converted an offensive rebound for Proctor bringing the half to a close with a score of 20-7.

Proctor looked a little sloppy at the beginning of the third quarter turning the ball over with sloppy passing and dribbling. But they dominated the offensive and defensive boards. Almond and Owen both converted an offensive rebound, and Carrington drove the baseline for another easy bucket. Proctor's defense continued strong in the second half as they blocked a number of shots and played tight defense. Coach Carrington broke up her team into 2 mixed squads and alternated them in the second half.

Jack Morgan scored 12 points with teammate Tyler Carrington adding 10 points. Derek Almond added 6 points and Peyton Michell and Callum Owen each added 4 points. Rounding out the scoring were Zachary Bates and Nathan Greb with 2 points each. William G. was high scorer for West Rutland with 7 points.

Proctor faced the Rutland Rec Cobras in the finals at the Rutland Town Snowball Tournament. Both teams got off to a slow start missing some easy shots underneath. Jack Morgan hit a foul line jumper to give Proctor a 9 to 8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Rutland Rec's tall forwards did a good job on the offensive boards keeping the score close. With seconds left in the half Liam Duggan passed to an open Tyler Carrington who hit a 3-pointer at the buzzard giving Proctor a 22-15 lead going into halftime.

Morgan came out in the beginning of the third quarter with another big 3-point shot for Proctor but then Proctor got a little cold. Rutland Rec's backcourt broke the Proctor defense for 4 easy points bringing the score to 26 to 19 with three minutes left in the quarter. Proctor's defensive rebounding was excellent but seemed to lapse at times letting Rutland sneak in for quick points which lead to them keeping the score close. Proctor guards, Morgan and Carrington did a great job quarterbacking the team and seeing the floor making sure to hit the open man down low or on the fast break. The third quarter ended with Proctor ahead 32 to 21.

Rutland Rec came out with a full court press in the fourth quarter causing Proctor to scramble and turn the ball over. The Rec team came back to within 5 points with 2:40 left in the game. As time ticked down Morgan found Callum Owen all alone under the basket and Owen put in a big shot to bring the score to 36 to 29. Morgan then added a couple of insurance points with a jump shot from the foul line giving Proctor a 38 to 31 victory and their first tournament championship of the year.

Jack Morgan finished with a game high 16 points. Tyler Carrington added 11, Derek Almond, 9 and Callum Owen, 2. Liam Duggan and Zachary Bates provided support off the bench.

Girls basketball team wins first of season

The Proctor 5th/6th grade girls got their first win of the season as well by beating the West Rutland Golden Horde in the snowball tournament with a score of 18-10. Coach Jake Eaton said despite missing some easy baskets the girls played excellent defense for the win. Rachel Bloom, one of the smallest players out on the court, made two key baskets late in the game to give Proctor some breathing room. Isabel Valerio also had an exciting buzzard beating shot.

The Proctor girls face the Rutland Rec Ninjas in the tournament final but just came up short losing 16-11. Coach Eaton was happy with the way the girls played defense but they just couldn't get the ball to fall in the hoop, missing some easy opportunities. Congratulations girls on making the championship game.

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