Little reaches 1,000-point mark in win over Colonels
Sitting at 998 points as the final minute ticked away, she wasn't sure if she would reach the milestone on this night.
But with 10 seconds left, Brianna Legacy pulled down a rebound and saw Little streaking toward the basket.
And like so many times before, Legacy hit Little with a perfect pass and the senior hit a layup with one second to go to reach 25 for the game and 1,000 for her career. It helped the Patriots beat Brattleboro, 57-48, on Thursday night at Kates Gym.
"I didn't think I was going to get it," Little said. "I don't know. I have good teammates."
Little becomes the eighth girl in Mount Anthony history to reach 1,000 career points, joining Kitty Kane, Nicole Levesque, Courtney Ludwig, Alyssa Herrington, Lynsey Moore, Becca Martin and Abby Iannotti in the exclusive club.
"We've been playing together since seventh grade and AAU together and her reaching that 1,000 points was like all of us getting that 1,000 points, and we all wanted her to get it so badly," said senior Jordyn Burke. "It wasn't just an achievement for Madison, it was an achievement for all of us sticking together playing basketball, it shows how strong we've been since we were in middle school."
Little was solid in the first half, scoring 16 points in the opening two quarters, but it was a shot that didn't count that sparked her. At the end of the first quarter, she hit a half-court three just after the buzzer. In the second, Little was on point, scoring 12 in the quarter.
"It was obviously on my mind, I was trying not to think about it," Little said. "I started off dull, I was thinking too much, but my teammates told me not to think about it."
Little's second quarter was part of an MAU explosion, as the Patriots outscored Brattleboro 26-10 in the frame for a 17-point lead at the half.
While Little was the story, the game was tight into the fourth quarter as Brattleboro made a big comeback. Down 17 at the half, they cut the lead to seven, outscoring MAU 17-7.
In the fourth, Mount Anthony led by nine at 48-39, but baskets from Brattleboro's Hailey Derosia and Shanise Taliaferro pulled the Colonels to a one-possession game at 48-45.
"Brattleboro is a quality opponent, there's a reason they were in the Final Four last year," said MAU coach Dan Sleeman. "I told them at halftime, 16 minutes doesn't make a whole game, I think that'll hold some weight tomorrow when we talk about it."
At that point, Little took over from the line, hitting 4-of-5 to get the lead back up to eight.
"Our intention was to win it at the end at the free throw line," Sleeman said.
A three from Brattleboro's Devin Millerick — who led the Colonels with 20 points on the night — was as close as they would get after Legacy cleaned up an offensive rebound and Little hit her milestone basket.
"It's a great accomplishment, it's obviously on everyone's mind," Sleeman said. "I was a 1,000-point scorer and I know exactly how it is, it can consume you mentally. She handled it well, and it couldn't have worked out any better getting the assist from Bri."
Legacy was the second-high scorer on the night for the Patriots with 10 points, while Anna Iannotti added seven.
MAU improves to 13-3 on the season.
"She's an amazing player, always has been," Burke said. "Getting it was such a relief, especially doing it at home."
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