MSJ prevails to end Proctor's D-IV reign

MSJ prevails to end Proctor's D-IV reign

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MSJ prevails to end Proctor's D-IV reign

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Mount St. Joseph’s never trailed but its 35-29 win over Proctor in the Division IV high school girls basketball state title game Saturday at Barre Auditorium was far from easy.

The top-seeded Mounties (23-1) never led by more than six points in putting an end to a three-year title-winning streak for the third-seeded Phantoms (17-6).

Sophomore Shannon Elms had 10 points and eight rebounds to pace MSJ.

Senior Sally Hogan shrugged off first-half foul trouble to end with 10 points and four rebounds.

Junior Olivia Valerio had a team-high 10 points and five rebounds and junior Abby McKearin added seven points for Proctor.

The Phantoms trailed 24-19 with 3:22 left in the third quarter, but battled back to tie the score by the end of the quarter on a 3-pointer by Megan Elrick and a long jumper by Valerio.

However, Hogan put the Mounties back on top to stay when she scored back-to-back buckets in the first 1:07 of the fourth quarter.

The Phantoms never drew closer than two the rest of the game.

The Mounties enjoyed a 30-15 rebounding edge and shot 38 percent from the field (12-for-33). Proctor shot 28 percent (10-for-36) from the field, but had three fewer turnovers than MSJ’s 17.

Shawn Corrow contributed to this report

Mount St. Joseph’s Olivia Corbett, right, hugs teammate Sally Hogan their 35-29 win over Proctor in the Division IV high school state championship game at Barre Auditorium on Saturday.

Mount St. Joseph’s Olivia Corbett, right, hugs teammate Sally Hogan their 35-29 win over Proctor in the Division IV high school state championship game at Barre Auditorium on Saturday.

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