BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team gave defending Division I champion Champlain Valley all it could handle on Monday night.
Sticking with the Redhawks for three quarters, Mount Anthony faltered in the fourth, being held to two points in CVU's 49-30 victory at Kates Gym.
"We had 54 shots and didn't put the ball in the basket," said MAU (2-2) coach Brian Harrington. "They are a good team, they work hard and kept us at bay. They keyed on Makayla [Farrara], who [didn't have] a good shooting night."
Trailing only by eight at halftime after outscoring CVU in the second quarter, the Patriots came out with a flurry, scoring nine points in three minutes -- capped by a jumper by Maddy Main to pull within 27-22.
"We knew MAU has dangerous shooters, we wanted to focus on taking away the shot they wanted and play help defense," said CVU coach Ute Otley.
Later, with seconds remaining in the quarter, Brinkley Legacy (five points), scored on a sweet scoop shot and converted the foul shot to send the game to the fourth quarter at 34-28.
"We knew it would be a track meet," Otley said. "I saw them against Essex [at the North-South challenge], so we prepared ourselves for a fast pace game. I'm proud that the kids withstood the constant pressure."
In the fourth, Champlain Valley started to pull away on the back of senior forward Amanda Beatty. Beatty scored eight of the first 10 points the Redhawks scored in the final frame, most coming after snagging offensive rebounds against smaller Mount Anthony players.
"She did a great job of keeping it simple in the post, I told her don't do too much," Otley said. "She was following the line of the ball on rebounds. A huge force in the second half."
Continuing to take quick shots, the Patriots were off the mark, allowing CVU to keep the lead into double digits.
"We're working on different combinations, rotating more to keep others off balance," Harrington said. "No one was really hot shooting tonight. Morgan [Hewitt] (4 points) had a couple of good shots."
Champlain Valley has won 27 straight games dating back to last season and has yet to allow more than 33 points in a game in its first four contests this year.
"I have to give CVU a lot of credit, they are state champs for a reason," Harrington said. "I think the kids are satisfied, it's nice to have the state champs come in, that doesn't happen all the time."
MAU's next game is at Rutland against Spaulding in the North-South challenge on Friday.