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The Lady Phantoms defeat Wallingford 20-19 for Rutland Rec Championship

The Proctor Phantom 5th/6th grade ladies after their championship win. Left to right: Cassidy Longley, Erica May, Meredith Parker, Alexis Peer (in back), Kiersten Williams (in back), Isabel Valerio, Emerson Pomeroy, Elizabeth Baccei, Rachel Bloom, Amanda Gates, Sarah Pecor. (Not pictured: Emma Shaw and Coach Jake Eaton)

Proctor Elementary's 5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball team came out on top in the Rutland Rec Annual Tournament held at Christ the King School on Saturday, March 3 with an exciting overtime victory against Wallingford 20-19.

Wallingford controlled the game for the first three quarters going into the fourth quarter with a commanding 17-8 lead. The Lady Phantoms worked extremely hard in the final quarter, especially guard Isabel Valerio who had to handle the ball under immense pressure from the Wallingford defenders. Valerio was able to tie the game up at 17-17 with a foul shot sending the game into a three-minute overtime.

In overtime Wallingford pulled ahead by two points but Proctor's Meredith Parker once again tied it up when she scored on an offensive rebound. With overtime winding down Proctor guard Erica May drove to the basket and was fouled. She was able to make one foul shot giving Proctor a one point lead and the winning score of 20-19.

Coach Jake Easton credited his starters Isabel Valerio, Erica May, Meredith Parker, Emerson Pomeroy and Kiersten Williams who played the majority of the fourth quarter and overtime but he also was able to get every girl in the game so they all contributed to the win.

"I was so proud of the girl's poise, character and toughness! It was the most fun I've had coaching... maybe ever!" said Proctor coach Jake Eaton.

Wallingford was coached by Kim Pitts whose team did a fantastic job making it to the championship game. They had some terrific offensive players including MaKenna Pitts and Olivia McPhee. Congratulations to both teams for an exciting game.

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