BENNINGTON — Losing was not an option for the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team going into Thursday night's game against Springfield.
"We said it in practice Wednesday that tonight was the night we had to turn things around," said Brianna Legacy. "No more putting our heads down from tough losses, we need to step it up and get a win."
That mentality was the force behind the Patriots' 74-24 victory over Springfield that put a stop to their three game losing streak.
From the opening tip-off the MAU offense took the reins to seize control of the game for the Patriots.
Junior Madison Little got things started off for the Patriots, nailing a three-pointer from the right wing for the first points of the game.
Little would continue to shoot the ball well from three point range, knocking in two more from deep to give her three 3-pointers in the first half.
"I had a lot of open looks at the basket and I just took advantage of them," Little said. "When they defended me, too, they played me to drive to the basket more to oppose to shooting it, so I took what they gave me and it worked out pretty well for us."
Little would score 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half, eight coming in the second quarter alone.
Legacy would follow up her fellow teammate's success with a 13-point first half effort herself, scoring 7 of those points in the second quarter to help lead the Patriots to a 45-16 lead at halftime.
"Our shots were on tonight as a team," Legacy said. "We did a better job passing the ball to the open man and that really opened up more scoring chances for the team and myself."
Legacy would also have a game-high 15 points on the night for the Patriots. She also had a team-high 6 assists as well.
The Patriots knocked down six three-pointers in the first half alone, and had nine different players score a basket in the half, too.
In the second half, MAU continued their offensive explosion, outscoring the Cosmos 29-8 to cruise to their 50 point victory.
"We needed to get this win. The girls came out determined to get that win and they did," said MAU coach Brian Harrington. "We passed ball extremely well tonight, which was great to see and we need to keep that up for the rest of the season."
Kathryn Fraiser, Jordyn Burke and Breanna Harris, each had six points for the Patriots in the win.
Every MAU player scored at least two points in the win as well.
With the win, MAU improves to 4-5 on the season and will have the weekend to prepare for their next matchup against Hoosick Falls, which will be at home on Monday at 7 p.m.