The Windsor High School girls basketball team recently traveled to Westminster, and handed Bellows Falls their eighth consecutive loss, scoring early and often in a 53-25 win over the Lady Terriers at Holland Gym.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out early in this one, taking an 11-2 lead halfway through the first quarter led by three consecutive jump shots from Kaitlin Callahan and a jumper and two foul shots from Kimberly White. In fact, the basket for BF came on a Sarah Dumont jumper, with the Lady Jacks leading 22-2 after the first quarter.
Terrier freshman Emily Dufault tried to keep her team in the game with a six-point second quarter, but the Bellows Falls zone defense had no answers for Callahan, White and Katrlyn Curtis, who consistently generated easy transition baskets off turnovers and controlling the defensive boards. To the Terriers' credit, however, they kept working hard under the basket, with sophomore Enny Mustapha grabbing a couple tough rebounds in traffic and drawing fouls.
However, the Yellow Jackets would go on a 14-4 run to end the quarter, and went into halftime with a comfortable 37-13 lead. Callahan finished with 10 points at the half, while White scored nine and Curtis addrd six. The freshman forward Dufault had a nice half with eight points and a couple rebounds.
The Lady Jacks would continue to build their lead at the start of the second half, with tough defense and more fast-break basketball, shutting down Bellows Falls'top two players in Dumont and Dufault, while also getting a lot of playing time for a very deep bench, despite the aforementioned four injured players. In the end it would be an impressive, 18-point road victory for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
The junior White led the way for Windsor with 15 points, while Callahan pitched in with 14 points. The freshman Dufault led the way for Bellows Falls with 10 points. The Lady Terriers fall to 0-8 and try to get in the win column, at home, against Woodstock on Tuesday.
Proctor flatens Green Mountain
The Proctor High Schoolboys basketball team recently traveled to Chester to take on Green Mountain, coming away with a convincing, 59-29 win over the Chieftains at Nason Gym. The Phantoms came out flying right from the get-go, and led from start to finish.
Indeed, this one was never really in question, as Proctorjunior-guard Nate Salgo (three jumpers) and senior-center Austin Howard (two put-backs inside) set the pace early as the Phantoms jumped out to a 12-4 lead halfway through the first quarter. Green Mountain junior-guard Jacob Walker had four points early for the Chiefs on two nice cuts to the basket.
Proctor continued to dominate the first quarter, doing an excellent job rebounding the ball and running the floor to produce easy transition baskets. The likes of Howard and junior forward Greg Elrick also did a good job grabbing offensive rebounds and turning them into easy baskets. All good enough for a 13-5 Phantom lead after the first quarter.
"We just aren't aggressive enough at either end of the floor," Green Mountain coach Robert "Stretch" Gillam said after the game. "We're giving up too many second and third shot opportunities on defense and not running our plays on offense."
Green Mountain did start to make some noise early in the second quarter when after senior Jason Albert hit a 3-pointer, junior Tyler Francouer blocked a shot under the basket which triggered a fast-break lay up from Walker to make it 13-9. However, that would be as close as the Green Mountain would get in this one.
Proctor would pour it on from here, going on an 11-4 run to close out the second quarter, heading into halftime with a 24-12 lead.
Proctor's Salgo had nine points at the half, while Howard added six points and four rebounds. Walker and Albert were the only Chiefs to get on the board with six points each.
To start the third quarter, Proctor came out running, converting on four consecutive possessions to push the lead to 32-12 before a Walker lay up finally broke the momentum. But Green Mountain would have no answer for Salgo, Howard and Elrick as Proctor increased the lead to 44-22 after three quarters.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs kept working hard and produced a couple fast breaks off their defense, but it would be too little to late as the Phantoms would stretch the lead to 30 points by games' end, 59-29.
"We work hard in practice every day, but we get in a game and we just force stuff," coach Gillam said after the game. "We don't shoot the ball from the outside very well, so when we start forcing up shots without running our offense, it just doesn't work."
Proctor sharp-shooter Salgo led all scorers with 23 points, while Howard added 12 points and two blocks and Elrick pitched in with nine points. For Green Mountain, the senior Albert led the way with 12 points while Walker added 10.