Phantoms steal one at the Eagles Nest

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ARLINGTON — For past few years, the team that has hurt Arlington most has been Division IV foe Proctor.

On Friday night, the Phantoms once again got the better of the Eagles with a 43-38 win in girls basketball action.

"We just didn't take care of the basketball and had a lot of turnovers on offense tonight," said Arlington girls basketball coach Larry Andrews on the loss. "We made a couple mistakes down the stretch that hurt us and things bounce our way at the end of the game.

The Eagles, who were once down 10 in the first half, rallied to take their first lead of contest at 34-31 in the fourth quarter on Riley Lane's game-high sixth three-pointer of the night.

Proctor raced back to take a one point lead on a couple of Allie Almond free throws, before Katie Berger grabbed her own rebound and laid it back in to put Arlington back in front up 38-37.

Almond later tied the game at 38-38 with a free throw attempt with just under two minutes left to play.

The freshman was a stellar 6-7 from the free throw line in the contest for Proctor.

After Arlington turned the ball over in its next possession, the Phantoms caught a break as Emma Reichert was fouled going up for a shot and went to the strike with 43 seconds left.

Reichert would make the first free throw to give Proctor the lead, but missed her second free throw. Unfortunately for Arlington, Proctor was able to grab the rebound to get the ball right back and the Eagles were forced to foul with 23 seconds now left on the clock.

At free throw line, senior Sierra Thornton was as clutch as you can be, nailing in both free throws to extend the Phantoms lead to three.

Needing a three-pointer to tie the game, the Eagles elected to try to go for two first as Lane drove into the paint and was fouled before she could get a shot off, making it a one and one try for the senior at the free throw line.

The one and one scenario proved well for Proctor as Lane missed her first free throw attempt and the Phantoms were able to corral the rebound with 10 seconds left on the clock.

Proctor then went on to seal the game on free throw attempts to improve to 5-8 on the season.

Reichert finished with a team-high 19 points in the win for Proctor.

Lane finished with a game-high 24 points in the loss for Arlington.

Andrews believes the Eagles' inexperience in close pressure games proved costly for them in the loss.

"Our youth really came into play there at the end of the game and we made some mistakes under pressure there," Andrews said. "I was happy to see that we were able to come back and take the lead. We just have to learn from the mistakes we made in this game and avoid those mistakes when were in this type of position later on in the season."

With the loss, Arlington drops to 8-5 on the season.

The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to play Black Rivers at 7 p.m.

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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