BENNINGTON -- Balance has gotten the Mount Anthony Union High School team to an 11-2 record before Tuesday's game against county rival Burr and Burton Academy.
In many games this year, the high scorer is in the low to mid-teens in points.
Tuesday was no exception, as Madison Little led four Patriots in double figures with 15 points in a 70-39 win over the Bulldogs at Kates Gym.
"That's the style they are used to," said BBA coach Ed Panzarino about MAU's fast pace. "We were trying to stay up with them, it's nice to see us run the offense, then it got too hectic."
The Bulldogs played Mount Anthony even for the first eight minutes, the Patriots taking a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. After a bucket by BBA's Tessa Roberts (a game-high 11 points) got the Bulldogs to within three at 22-19, the Patriots went on a 10-0 run, led by Kate Goodell and Maddy Main to take a 32-19 lead into the locker room. Keira Goodell also hit a big three-pointer in the stretch that got the Kates Krazies student section on their feet.
"Maddy and Keira have both been big for us," said MAU coach Brian Harrington. "Rebounding is crucial and their minutes keep growing. Neither one was a starter, now they are. They keep pushing themselves, they work as hard as they can."
Keira Goodell had 10 points overall, as did Main to go along with Makayla Farrara's 11.
"It was all about getting turnovers and easy layups," Farrara said. "We were making them today and playing hard-nosed defense."
In the third, BBA pulled within seven to 36-29 after a Roberts steal and basket, but a 21-2 run by the Patriots that included scores by six different players pushed the lead to 26 at the start of the fourth quarter.
"We give up a run at the end of the half, then we have to come out and play for our lives in the third and [MAU] shoots too well for that," Panzarino said.
MAU continued to extend the advantage through the fourth quarter to reach the final margin.
Rebounding was a key on Tuesday night as well as three players had at least seven rebounds for the Patriots -- Carly Rogers with 8, Main with 8 and Keira Goodell with 7.
"Rebounding is big, we stress that a lot, we have one player back as a safety valve and the other four crash [the board] as hard as we can," Goodell said.
At the same time, Burr and Burton didn't attempt a single free throw on the night as MAU was only called for nine total fouls.
"We've had games with serious foul trouble, but we're playing [defense] better," Harrington said. "That's a plus for us."
BBA drops to 4-9 on the season, while the Patriots hang on to the No. 2 seed at 12-2 with six games left to play.
"It's good being a senior, great to keep winning and hopefully we can keep winning and go out with a bang [this season]," Farrara said.