Patriots victorious in rivalry classic
MANCHESTER >> The Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton Academy rivalry added another classic to its history on Tuesday night.
In a thriller between MAU and BBA in girls basketball, the Patriots came out on top, using a late rally in the final minutes to beat their rival Bulldogs, 65-61.
With two minutes to go and down one, the Patriots started their late game rally.
It began with senior Kathryn Frasier driving the lane and hitting a tough shot over the outstretched hand of BBA defender Hannah Nicholson that gave the Patriots the lead.
The MAU lead though didn't last long when BBA senior Jessica Finnegan, in just her fourth game back from an injury, banked in a tough basket in the lane to give the Bulldogs the lead right back.
On the next possession, Frasier once again gave the Patriots back the lead, when she drove the lane dished off a sweet pass to fellow senior Michalia Glanovsky, who knocked in a lay up that put MAU up 60-59 with just under minute left in the fourth quarter.
MAU failed to keep their lead, allowing Finnegan to drive the lane again and knock down a jumper from the free throw line that gave BBA back the lead.
Down one again with 30 seconds remaining, MAU saw the shot that may have saved their season.
Dribbling up the court, Frasier passed the ball to junior Madison Little in the right wing, who buried a dagger from downtown that took the air right of the BBA bench and gave the Patriots a 63-61 lead with 27 seconds left.
"Madison told me before I got the ball to drive and kick it off to her for the shot," Frasier said. "I did that and she did all the rest to give us back the lead."
BBA still had a chance to answer Little's three and almost did when senior Stephanie Boucher lay up just rimmed out with 11 seconds to go, but lucky for BBA, MAU couldn't handle the rebound and the ball went out of bouncing giving the Bulldogs another chance to tie the game.
BBA sophomore Emily Bleakie however, threw a errant pass on the inbound, where Frasier took possession of the ball, forcing BBA to foul her and send the senior to the free throw line with 3 seconds remaining.
At the free throw line, Frasier was as cool as the other side of the pillow, knocking down both free throws to seal the win for the Patriots.
"It feels really good to come up big for my team there at the end," Frasier said. "We did a great job as a team to come back and get the lead and put ourselves in position to win it. I just finished it off for us."
Frasier had 13 points on the night, scoring 11 of them in the second half.
Little scored 14 points for MAU, while Glanovsky had a game-high 15 points for the Patriots in the win.
"We needed this win in a big way and we fought to get it tonight," said MAU coach Brian Harrington. "We knew every possession was going to matter in this game and we made sure each counted for us to get the win at the end."
For BBA, Nicholson had a team-high 14 points in the contest. She also had three blocks on defense too.
Senior Tessa Roberts had a great night on the court for BBA as well. Roberts scored 13 points on the night, 10 of those points coming in the first half.
"It was great game. Fun to be a part of a great rivalry game, but unfortunately didn't end the way we wanted it to," said BBA coach Ed Panzarino. "I was happy with our effort tonight and that we fought to the very end. We just have to find ways to turn these losses into wins."
With the win, MAU improves to 7-8 on the season, while BBA drops to 5-11 on the year.
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