Patriots shoot their way past Brattleboro
BENNINGTON >> It wasn't their 104-point performance Monday night, but the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team scored plenty of points to earn the victory against Brattleboro on Thursday night.
The Patriots offense knocked down 10 three-pointers in rout to a 74-41 win over the Colonels for their 10th win of the season.
After a sloppy start to the game that led to MAU trailing 4-2 to Brattleboro in the early goings, the Patriots got it going thanks to juniors Brianna Legacy and Madison Little.
First it was Legacy, who buried a three from the left wing to give MAU its first lead of the game at 5-4.
Then Little started to take over the game for the Patriots.
With Brattleboro playing MAU tough to start the game, the junior kept MAU in front, knocking down two straight three-pointers to give the Patriots a 11-8 lead.
"It felt good to be able to get the team out to a lead after the tough start we had to the game," Little said. "We did a great job passing the ball on offense as the game went on and that opened some good shots for us and me in particular."
Leading 16-10 after Legacy hit her second three-pointer of the quarter, it looked like the Patriots would go into the second quarter happy with a six point lead with seconds winding down in the first quarter, but Miss Legacy had other plans for her team.
The junior scored a quick a lay up and then stole the inbound pass and raced down court to score another basket with 10 seconds to go in the quarter to give MAU a 20-10 lead going into the second quarter.
"Our up tempo offense was executed really well tonight and that was why we were able to get some quick baskets," Legacy said. "Also our full court press defense really started to affect Brattleboro at the end of the first quarter and our team did a good job of taking advantage of that with turning into fast break opportunities offensively."
Even with the great play to end the first quarter and take a ten point lead, MAU realized they still needed to keep the foot on the gas petal after Brattleboro went on a 6-0 run to make it a four point game with three minutes to go in the half.
That's where Legacy again got the MAU offense going, knocking down her third three-pointer of the night to help the Patriots grab a 33-19 lead going into halftime.
Legacy and Little combined for 23 of MAU's 33 points in the first half and all five of the Patriots first half three-pointers.
In the second half Little and Legacy continued to lead the Patriots offense.
The two juniors each hit a three-pointer in the third quarter and helped lead MAU to a 51-30 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
With the victory in close reach, the two juniors again did their part to seal the win up for the Patriots.
It started with Little, who scored five straight points to open up the fourth quarter for the Patriots.
Legacy then answered her teammates run by continuing to stay hot from three, knocking down two three-pointers and finishing with eight in the final quarter.
Legacy finished with game-high 26 points and hit a career-high six three-pointers in the game.
"I'm proud of how I played tonight," Legacy said. "My shots were on tonight and the team played great all around, so it's a great win for us."
MAU outscored Brattleboro 41-22 in the second half to go on to a 33-point victory.
"Great win for us," said MAU coach Brian Harrington. "I talked at halftime about how we couldn't let up and allow them back in the game. The girls did a great job keeping the foot on the gas petal and finishing off the game strong. Very proud of their efforts tonight."
Little finished with 21 points on the night. She and Legacy combined for nine of MAU's 10 three-pointers in the game. Senior Kathryn Frasier had the only other three-pointer on the night for MAU.
With the win MAU finishes the regular season at 10-10.
The Patriots will await their playoff destiny when the Division I pairings are announced next week.
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