BENNINGTON -- With the score tied under a minute to go, the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team had to make some decisions against Pittsfield.
They had been shooting well from beyond the arc, but coach Brian Harrington said if the lane was open, take the ball to the basket.
Kathryn Frasier did just that, scoring with 24 seconds left to give the Patriots the lead. Then, Makayla Farrara blocked a Generals' three at the buzzer as MAU won 68-65, Harrington's first win as a varsity coach.
"I told them in the timeout, they can make a layup, but not a three," said Harrington, whose team improves to 1-1. "She got her hand up there for the block."
Leading scorer freshman Peyton Steinman tied the game at 65 with 1:10 to play for the Generals. On the next possession, Farrara turned the ball over to Steinman and Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot called a timeout.
After a missed shot, Farrara stole the ball and was tied up, the possession arrow favoring the Patriots. That's when Frasier made her mark, scoring the most important two of her 11 points. "In the last timeout, I told them if there wasn't an open shot, drive the lane and let the officials do their jobs," Harrington said. "I think [Pittsfield] was tired and we had a little more energy, which helped us at the end."
With eight seconds left, Brianna Legacy was fouled going for a defensive rebound and made one of two, giving Pittsfield the opportunity to tie.
But Farrara, the leading scorer for Mount Anthony with 20 points, made sure that didn't happen, blocking Trinity Cookis attempt from beyond the arc.
"I knew I had to stop her from driving and get the hands up," Farrara said. "She could get the ball, but I couldn't let her get it out of her hands for a shot."
The Patriots shot 25 threes in the game, making 10 of them, as MAU put up quick shots the entire contest.
"They were shooting the lights out in the first half, and we were outhustled in the third," said Racicot, whose team is 0-1. "We had a breakdown in the defense when they drove to the hoop and that won't happen again."
In fact, five Patriots scored at least eight points -- Farrara's 20, Legacy's 11, Maddy Main had 9, Brinkley Legacy 8 and Goodell 8. Goodell also had 11 rebounds.
"We had lots of production throughout and that's encouraging," Harrington said. "Kids are coming off the bench and producing, Brianna Legacy had the big [free throw] at the end, it all came together tonight."
The teams were even in the first half, as the first quarter ended tied at 17-17. In the second, the lead changed hands eight times -- the last time as Goodell floated a jumper with two seconds left to head in halftime ahead by a point.
"It got us into a rhythm going into the locker room," Farrara said. "I'm real happy we could get our first win and Coach Harrington's first win."