Third-quarter run propels MAU over Hoosick Falls
MAU was stifled offensively in the first half, only mustering 14 points in the first 16 minutes of the game. The Panthers took advantage in a big way in the first quarter, on the back of a trio of three pointers. At the end of the first frame, Hoosick Falls was up 18-10.
Patriots coach AJ Mahar thought his team came out playing too fast and it cost them.
"They did a good job with their pressure and we got going a little too fast," Mahar said. "It took us a while to settle down."
Then for the next two quarters, the Panthers offense went silent.
In the second and third quarters, Hoosick Falls combined to score just nine total points, on just three made field goal attempts.
The Patriots struggled to capitalize in the third quarter, but MAU breathed new life in the second half.
When it came to halftime, Mahar stressed to his team to play up to the ability he knows they have and they seemed to respond well.
"The girls, one thing they sometimes fail to realize is how athletic they are and how skilled they are," Mahar said. "Sometimes I feel like I have more confidence in them than they do themselves. That was something I relayed to them at the half and they came out and they showed it."
In the third, the Patriots outscored the Panthers 17-4.
MAU top scorers Grace Mahar and Anna Iannotti were strong in the that frame, scoring 12 of the 17 points for the Patriots.
The two have been the go-to players for MAU all season long and that showed in spades in the second half.
"I thought both Anna and Grace were terrific tonight," AJ Mahar said. "They battled and they shot a good percentage from the floor. We scored a lot of points in the paint against that team."
Iannotti led MAU with 18 points on the day, while Grace Mahar wasn't far behind with 16.
Grace Mahar filled up the stat sheet in other ways as well. The sophomore forward also pulled down 20 rebounds to complete the double-double. She was also strong facilitating the ball with five assists.
Cat Worthington only scored four points, but played well in other areas for the Patriots. The junior had a career-high nine rebounds and led the team with six assists on the night.
Logan Thayne had another strong game for the Panthers, scoring 19 points, while also blocking a few shots on defense. Guard Lillian Hickey added eight points, with two shots made from three-point range.
The fourth quarter was competitive, but the Patriots were able to stave off Hoosick Falls to secure the win.
The win moves MAU to 7-6 on the season, while the Panthers fall under the .500 mark at 7-8.
The Patriots are back in action Thursday at home against Brattleboro, while Hoosick Falls plays Greenwich Wednesday on the road.
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