BENNINGTON -- Up by 12 in the third quarter, it looked like the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team had a win under its belt to get closer to playoff contention.
But that's when, according to MAU coach Courtney Reif, the team went stagnant.
"We stopped scoring, they went on a little run and we couldn't answer back," Reif said. "We were out of sync."
Fair Haven went on a 17-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and escaped Kates Gym with a 38-32 win.
"We hung around in the fourth quarter and some of our players have been in this situation before," said Fair Haven (11-2) coach Kyle Wilson. "The last eight minutes of execution was phenomenal and we got important stops when we needed to."
On the first possession of the fourth, the Slaters' Bethany Lanfear hit a trey to tie it at 25-25. After two missed free throws, Lindsay Marcy scored her only two points to give Fair Haven its first lead.
"We're streaky. It's a young team thing ... sometimes we wait for others to do something," Reif said.
MAU (3-9) regrouped and scored the next five, with Makayla Farrara, who led the Patriots with 11 points, hitting one-of-two from the line and tying the game at 30-30. But Ellis hit a layup with a minute left and the Slaters iced the game by knocking down 6-of-8 free throws.
Fair Haven shot 38 times from the line, compared to 19 for MAU.
"I think Fair Haven got some calls, I think the refs were more touchy on our girls," Reif said. "That doesn't excuse the defense. We don't get there with our bodies, we reach with our hands. We don't box out, we jump and that ends up in a foul because we're out of position times two."
Ahead 17-13 at the half, the Patriots came out firing, scoring eight in a row, capped off by Lacy Parmenter's hustle play going from one end of the court to the other for a layup, for a 25-13 advantage.
Then MAU went cold and didn't score for the next nine minutes. At the same time, Fair Haven kept getting to the free throw line, slowly crawling back into the game. The Slaters hit 6-of-11 from the charity stripe in the third quarter.
"You can't let a team hang around that you should beat," Reif said. "If you do, they have a chance to beat you. We let them hang around and they beat us. We can't let that happen and good teams don't."
It's the second straight loss for the Patriots, who fell to Otter Valley, 48-29, on Wednesday night.