Patriots, Andrews get first win, topping Mill River
BENNINGTON — During practice on Thursday, Mount Anthony girls basketball coaches Larry Andrews and Kelly Kennedy put in a full-court press for its game on Friday against Mill River.
It was a successful plan as Mount Anthony had 17 steals in a 50-27 win over the Minutemen at Kates Gym.
"We're starting to grow as a team, putting more things in at practice," said Andrews, who won his first game with the Patriots. "They've got a lot more energy the past couple of games and a lot more confidence."
Mount Anthony scored the first seven points of the game, many on turnovers caused by that full-court press. Two baskets from Molly Bruso made it 7-4, but MAU scored the last seven of the quarter to go to the second up 14-4.
It was more of the same in the second, as MAU outscored Mill River 15-6 in the quarter to take a 29-10 lead to the halftime break.
"We did a good job of shooting tonight, we had 66 shots," Andrews said. "The past couple of games we're starting to shoot the ball and tonight, they started to go in the basket."
Mill River came out of the locker room scoring the first seven to cut the lead to 29-17, but the rest of the quarter was tilted in Mount Anthony's favor as they scored 12 straight points, all from either Grace Mahar or freshman Madisyn Crossman. Mahar, who led all scorers with 25 points, hit a three-pointer in the final seconds in the frame to give MAU a 41-17 lead after three quarters.
Mahar ended the night with 25 points and 22 rebounds, just a handful of boards short of her own single-game record. She also had five steals.
MAU got contributions from up and down the bench. Linnaia Connell and Crossman each ended up with six points and Emilie O'Brien had five, all in the second quarter. Everyone on the roster for the Patriots played on Friday night.
"If we're going to be competitive, we have to get scoring from different people," Andrews said.
Mill River's Bruso led them with 16 points, while Jessica Roberts added eight points and seven rebounds.
Mount Anthony improves to 1-8 on the season and hosts Hoosick Falls on Monday in an interstate contest.
"We know things go through [Logan Thayne]," Andrews said. "We want to be able to slow her down a little bit and hope to get contributions up and down the lineup. That would be great."
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