PROCTOR- It’s already a long drive to Proctor, but the trip back seems even longer without a win.
On the plus side, the Twin Valley girls’ varsity basketball team got a great potential preview of the team’s future as freshman Sadie Boyd paced the scoring with a career-high 11 points. It simply wasn’t enough, though, as the Wildcats fell, 51-38.
“Sadie had a really nice game,” Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford said, adding that she also grabbed six rebounds. “That was encouraging, to see how she continues to improve. For a young player, she’s coming along nicely and we’re getting quality minutes from her every night.”
Senior Tayler Courchesne continued her quality season, picking up nine points and 13 boards. Jarrett Niles added a career-high eight points.
Twin Valley got out to a great start in the opening minutes with an 8-3 run. But as an intense pressure defense began to disrupt Hayford’s squad, the Phantoms pulled away and led 17-8 at the end of the first frame. The Wildcats tried playing catch-up the rest of the way but could never close the gap.
“We hung in there,” Hayford said. “But they were really in our grill with that man pressure. Sometimes we handled it OK, and sometimes we just couldn’t.”
That pressure led to 19 Wildcat turnovers, which was simply too much to overcome even as their aggressive offense got them to the foul line 20 times.
“We showed a lot more aggressiveness than we have this season, getting to the line 20 times,” Hayford said. “Unfortunately it was just some untimely turnovers that did us in.”
The Phantoms got to the foul line plenty as well, as Twin Valley was forced to foul in the last two minutes, enabling Proctor to hold on for the win. Still, Hayford continues to see improvement.
“It’s a long trip up there, and we didn’t get the W, but there were definite signs that we’re making progress,” he said.
Next up for Twin Valley (1-6) is a home-and-home series with Poultney: Friday in Poultney at 6 pm, then Monday, January 22, at 6 pm in Whitingham.