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Girls' Varsity Basketball
After a bit of a rocky start to the season, the team has won six of its last seven games, with their only loss coming to Class A power New Hampton School in overtime. Church notes, “This season has been some what of an emotional one. I have learned so much about these girls, which I think has greatly contributed to our bond as a team. We are a family, in all aspects both good and bad. We've had success like a family, hardships like a family, happy memories like a family, arguments and frustration JUST like a family, but we are a family none the less. Earlier in the season we decided to play for the person next to us and the realization of how successful we can be when we do this is finally sinking in for us.” Fellow captain Colome adds, “Over the past seven games we just knew we had to take care of business. We had losses that killed us earlier on, and we had to prove that we were much better than that. Our bond with each other on this team has grown tremendously over the past few months. As we gained trust for each other, something we struggled with early in the season, we began to play for the girl next to us rather than playing for ourselves. This unselfish style of basketball has been really effective for us.”
After winning the Lawrence/Groton Holiday tournament, the team returned from winter break determined to make another run at a NEPSAC Championship. Colome notes, “We knew how close we were last year, and we just want it even more this year. We hope to continue this by just fighting, fighting for the person next to you. Fighting for a ring and banner.” Church adds, “I think this momentum will continue as long as we all stay on the same page and all have the same understanding. We all have to continue to understand our roles on this team and perform them successfully. That could lead us to a real fight against the toughest team we will play all season when we travel to Tilton for our last game of the regular season on Saturday.”
With two games remaining against Vermont Academy and Tilton School, the team knows it must finish strong to make its case for a post-season bid. Colome discusses the team’s goals heading into these final games, “We have to think of defense first and not give up as many threes, while offensively we need to treat each possession as if it were our last. Both games are going to be tough battles, but we are mentally and physically ready.” Church echos her teammate’s remarks, “The next two games are about taking care of business and really working towards finding our true potential as a team. When playing at our best I have no doubt we can compete with a team of Tilton’s caliber and maybe even win.” She goes on to add, “Coach (Liz McNamara) keeps saying, ‘We must focus now on what only we can control as a team.’ I believe she means more to this statement than just keeping our heads focused on our team and our success, but how we will step out on the court, what kind of heart will we show, what kind of desire. Those are the things we need to focus on and those are the main things that will not only carry us to a potential playoff spot, and if given the opportunity, could very well bring us a championship.”
Best of luck to the girls’ varsity basketball team this week!
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.