At the recent, Black River girls' basketball invitational tournament in Ludlow, Green Mountain, Proctor, Rochester and the host Lady Presidents all took part in a season-opening, two-round tournament.
In the opening round, GM got 16 points from sophomore McKala Benson, 14 points and 10 rebounds from Julie Comstock, a junior transfer from Vermont Academy, and eight points and 10 boards from Emma Listle in a 45-35 win over Rochester.
Senior point guard Sara Groshens also pitched in with nine steals in the 10-point Lady Chiefs win, while Miranda Shepard led the Lady Rockets with 13 points and Bennett McPhetres pitched in with 10 points.
In the second game of the opening round, the host Lady Presidents took on a tough Proctor team, falling 57-22 to the Lady Phantoms.
Proctor ran up a 27-point halftime lead over Black River and never looked back.
Mikayla Tanner led the way for the Phantoms with 14 points, while Carissa Elrick and Megan Carter pitched in with 10 points each. Kaitelynd Palmer led the way for the Lady Presidents with 8 points.
In the championship game the following night featuring Proctor and Green Mountain, the Lady Chiefs jumped out to a quick lead early while utilizing a stifling, sometimes-full court, sometimes-three-quarter court trapping defense that produced a lot of turnovers and easy baskets for the Lady Chiefs.
"Our pressing defense starts with Sara's (Groshens) pressure on the ball," GM coach Terry Farrell said after the game.
"She creates a lot of pressure on the in bounds passes, then Emma (Lisle) and Julie (Comstock) step into passing lanes and create problems."
In the half court set, a tough, 2-2-1 zone defense smothered Proctor's ability to drive to the basket, forcing a lot of contested jump shots.
And when they did penetrate the defense, Lisle was looming under the basket, producing multiple blocked shots on the night.
Green Mountain was also feeling it early and often on the offensive end, passing the ball well around the parameter, while also effectively posting up Lisle in the post, who worked for baskets inside, while also getting to the free throw line.
The Lady Chiefs took a 31-8 lead into the half, with Benson and Lisle each scoring eight points, while Groshens pitched in with four points and a couple of assists.
The second half would be much of the same, as the Green Mountain continued to dominate on both ends of the floor, also allowing coach Farrell to get a lot of playing time for everyone, as the game wound down and the tournament title was won.
Senior Listle led the way for the Lady Chiefs, filling up the stat sheet with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and four blocks.
Sophomore Benson pitched in with 13 points, while Comstock finished with eight points and 10 steals.
"We really did a solid job on both ends of the floor tonight," coach Farrell concluded after the game. "We have nine girls on the roster and they all contributed to the win tonight. I really feel good about that."
In the consolation game, Black River fell behind early against Rochester, and would spend the rest of the game fighting an up hill battle.
Despite a 28-9 half time deficit and to the Lady Presidents credit, they worked hard to the final whistle and managed to double their point total in the second half, before falling 50-29.
Angie Valente led the way for Black River with eight points, while Katie O'Neil and Amanda Chambers pitched in with seven and six points respectively.
Alicia Waite led the way for the Lady Rockets, while Bennet McPhetres pitched in with nine points.