MAU firing on all cylinders
BENNINGTON >> Mount Anthony girls basketball coach Brian Harrington said his team wasn't specifically trying to make a statement on Monday night against Burr and Burton Academy.
But if that was the case, they did a fine job saying a lot anyway.
Four players were in double figures, led by Maddy Little's 27, in a 104-50 rout over the Bulldogs.
"It wasn't necessarily a statement, but it was a full team effort," Harrington said.
The 104 points is the most by a girls team in Vermont, in any division, this season.
The Patriots hit 13 three-pointers as their shot was on point all night.
Little nearly had a triple-double, racking up 27 points, 11 steals and eight rebounds. She was all over the floor, getting her hands into the passing lane when the Patriots were running the 1-3-1.
Brianna Legacy was next on the scoresheet with 14 points, while Jordyn Burke and Anna Iannotti both added 11. Burke also had eight boards. Victoria Pembroke, up from the JV squad, had nine points as well. Kathryn Frasier pitched in eight points and six rebounds.
"It was awesome, we're the 10th seed right now, and it's a huge boost to our confidence," Little said.
The Patriots had 48 points at halftime and led by 24 and Harrington told his team to keep the momentum up in the second half.
"It was the first time in a couple years we had as much as 48 at halftime, you guys have to keep playing up-tempo," Harrington said. "Defensively, we were after loose balls and getting rebounds, it was a different team. We can't give up 25 points in a quarter."
In the third, Mount Anthony kept up the pressure, taking advantage of some lazy passes and poor shooting from the Bulldogs to add another 28 points in the quarter to jump the lead to 76-42 heading into the fourth.
"Our worst quarter is the third, so we talked about shutting them down and not letting up, just keep scoring," Legacy said.
"Every possession means something in the tournament," Harrington added. "It has to be no letup, everyone has to do their job."
In the fourth, Little was the catalyst, hitting for 10 points in the final frame. Legacy hit and was fouled to get the score to 99-50, then a three from Ally White in the final seconds gave MAU its largest margin of victory this year. It was the
"I have to give [assistant coach] Kayla Whitman a lot of credit, she's been working with Maddy one-on-one this year," Harrington said.
For Burr and Burton, Hannah Nicholson led the way with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tessa Roberts added 11, including a pair of three-pointers, and Jessica Finnegan pitched in with eight points.
MAU is 9-10 and finishes the regular season on Thursday against Brattleboro. BBA drops to 5-14.
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