BENNINGTON >> It was a different night, but the same story for the Mount Anthony Union High School basketball program. After the MAU boys basketball team put on a scoring clinic Thursday night in their home opener, the girls basketball team kept it going themselves Friday night in its season opener.
The Lady Patriots shot their way to a 73-50 victory over Fair Haven on Friday night
"We had a great crowd behind us and the girls came out ready to play," said MAU head coach Brian Harrington on the win. "We shot the ball well to start the game and kept it going the whole night."
The scoring started quickly for MAU by junior point guard Brianna Legacy, who knocked in one of her three 3-pointers for the first basket of the game.
"As soon as I shot it I thought it was going to be an air ball, but thankfully it went in," Legacy said. "It really helped me feel confident as the game went on."
Legacy made 2-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half. The other triple came from senior Michalia Glanovsky, whose seven points in the second quarter helped MAU grab a 35-22 lead at the half.
Overall, MAU knocked in seven 3-pointers in the game.
"We're better shooters then what we were last year, that's for sure," Harrington said. "If we can keep progressing, we're going to have a lot of high scoring nights this season."
In the second half, it was the Madison Little show. The junior scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, including a 9-0 run by herself to start the fourth quarter that put the game away for good.
"I wanted to come out more aggressive in the second half," Little said. "I got off to a slow start in the first half and just knew if I can get my shot going that I could help the team seal the deal in the second half."
After Little's run, Legacy added a fast break layup to give MAU a 25-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Legacy had 15 points on the night.
MAU had two other players who were in double figures as well. Glanovsky finished with 10 points and senior Kathryn Frasier had 12 points in the game.
The win wasn't just any season- opening win for the Patriots, but more of a statement from them.
"We mean business this year," Legacy said. "This win shows how good of a team we are and why we want to win that state championship this year."
The next task for the Patriots will be against Pittsfield at home Thursday night. Last year, Pittsfield beat MAU by more than 30 points, so MAU knows they have a lot to prove next week.
"They beat us by 30 last year, so our girls know we can't let that happen again," Harrington said.
Tip-Off for that game will be 7 p.m.