The Proctor boys' hoop team is coming off another impressive season that saw them fall one win shy of a state championship. However, this team will have a little different look under coach Dick Wilcox, after losing three of his five starts to graduation. A fourth starter, Justin Carter, is also out because of a knee injury.
But the Phantoms do bring back Austin Howard, Matt Dobart and Nate Salgo, all of whom bring experience and leadership to the floor and can help the younger players grow into their roles. Salgo is a scorer who missed last season because of injury and Howard is a big kid who will be counted on to carve out some space in the paint.
Proctor will also need to get some production from their bench, which consists of younger players, therefore coach Wilcox will be evaluating early on as to which of these players will step up and play a key role.
The Lady Phantoms are coming off a transition year in which they started no seniors, and have not a single senior on this season's roster. However, seven juniors and sophomores who make up the core of this group, all received a lot of valuable playing time which allowed them to learn a great deal heading into season.
They may be young, but these kids are athletic and fast, led by Mikayla Tanner, Megan Carter and Mikayla McCormack. They will need to utilize said speed and get out in transition as to create easy baskets. They also do not possess a lot of size, therefore playing aggressive defense and boxing out underneath the boards will be essential to their success.
In the season opener at Leland & Gray, the Phantoms lost a heart-breaker in overtime, 48-37. Trailing by 10 at halftime, Proctor fought back to force overtime, before being outscored 13-2 in the OT. Mikayla McCormack led the way with 13 points while Mikayla Turner pitched in with nine.