When rivals Prcctor and West Rutland meet in girls basketball it is usually a classic battle. More times than not the Phantoms and Golden Horde are facing off on the biggest stage. That was the case Saturday as #1 Proctor and #4 West Rutland squared off for the Vermont Division IV State Championship. Much to the surprise of no one the game came down to the closing seconds.
Trailing 56-54. Westside's Ann Cyr nailed the game-winning trey as the Golden Horde edged Proctor 57-56 at the historic Barre Auditorium.
The third time proved to to be the charm for Westsde as they had fell to the Phantoms 60-48 and 63-56 during the regular season. The 22-2 Golden Horde avenged their only to losses of the season.
Proctor was attempting to win their third consecutive state title. It was the first defeat for the Phantoms after dropping their openening game of the season to White River Valley before reeling of 18 in a row.
The Phantoms led 7-2 out of the gate, but a 14-3 run made it 16-10 Golden Horde after a quarter.
West Rutland led by four at the half and three heading to the fourth.
In the final stanza the lead exchanged hands back and forth numerous times before Cyr, a senior for the Golden Horde hit her heroic shot.
Cyr led West Rutland with 17 points, 13 of which came in the scond half. Freshman Peyton Guay, already one of the best players in the Border Country region added 15 points for Westside.
Maggie McKearin poured in a game-high 24 points for Proctor. Laci French added 12. Jenna Davine contributed eight points. Isabel Greb and Meghan Cole had six apiece.
Proctor ends the season 18-2.