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Lady Mustangs pick up win in final day of tournament to spark momentum

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By Sam Draut

 The Lady Mustangs bounced back after two consecutive losses to defeat Seneca 67-33 in the final day of the Southern Holiday Jamboree. AT Proctor, who was named to the All-Tournament team, finished with a team-high 17 points while Sophie Hale set a new career-high with 15 points. 

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Proctor made two 3-pointers in the first half and found open lanes into the paint to setup teammates for scores. 

“My teammates were giving me the ball, I had a lot of open looks,” Proctor said. “They were playing a pretty spread out 2-3 zone which helped us a lot. We were able to get into the lane.”

Sarah Fiorito scored five of her ten points in the first quarter and the Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter.

“We were able to run our plays and our defense was working a lot harder,” Proctor said. “That really helped us.”

After two days of struggling to get into a flow offensively or defensively, North Oldham coach Dan Pfaff thought the team did good things on both ends of the floor. 

“The girls played exceptionally hard,” Pfaff said. “They did lots of wonderful things on defense.”

The day before, North Oldham fell to Valley High School 65-33. Proctor scored 17 points while Caitlyn Chen and Skylar Gillies each added four points. 

In the first day of the tournament, North Oldham lost to Atherton 59-44, a team the Lady Mustangs had beaten earlier in the season by 21 points. 

Proctor scored 19 points and Fiorito added nine points. 

After several days away from basketball because of Christmas, it took the Lady Mustangs some time to return to normalcy. 

“Anytime you have a couple of days off for any type of break you are going to be a little bit rusty,” Pfaff said. 

Although tournaments over winter break provided opportunities for valuable game experience, Pfaff values the practice time. After North Oldham competed in the Waggener High School Holiday Classic and Southern Holiday Jamboree, Pfaff wants to return to practice to tighten up defensive rotations and work on shooting. 

“I would love to have more practices in there, because no matter what you do, when you are playing games you don’t get the same conditioning from a game as you do from practice. You don’t get as many reps, rotations, shooting or anything,” Pfaff said. “There is always going to be a lag if you aren’t able to get in to practice. Games prevent you from practice, but it is good to get the experience.”

North Oldham won’t get too much practice time though as the Lady Mustangs play three games over a five-day span. North Oldham travels to Valley High School on Friday before hosting Spencer County on Saturday.