Wed, Dec 28, 2011 08:50 AM
PROCTOR- The 5th & 6th grade boys basketball team has opened
their season with three straight victories and a tournament
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
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
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
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.