BARRE – 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