Saturday March 2, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Union High School twelfth graders Molly Goodhue, Alyssa Bezanson and Kara Piergentili will have a lot of good memories from their Senior Night.

Being honored with their parents. The kind words from coach Paul Freed. A little Harlem Shake dance routine from their teammates before the game. And an enthusiastic student section.

It’s just the actual game that they might want to forget.

Three different players scored in double figures for the MAU girls basketball team on Friday and the rival Patriots qualified for the postseason with an easy 68-36 victory over the Colonels.

"Alyssa gave us a good little spark. Molly and Kara were giving up height, but they both worked really hard," said BUHS coach Paul Freed of his seniors. "They bring a good attitude with them every day. They have improved dramatically and they have led us by example."

It’s just unclear whether the trio will be leading the 8-12 Colonels to Rutland or BFA-St. Albans for their first-round playoff game on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Colonels stole a 9-5 advantage in the first four minutes of Friday’s showdown, highlighted by Kayla Savage’s deep deuce from the left wing and then a three-point play. Taylor Bird also showed off her sweet stroke during that span and Bezanson chipped in with a layup.

But MAU would close out the first quarter with an 11-0 run, behind trifectas from Morgan Hewitt and Makayla Farrara, to go ahead 16-9.

And it would only get worse.

The Colonels went 0-for-7 from the field and turned it over eight times over the next eight minutes. Their only second-quarter points being Abbie Lesure’s made free throws.

MAU would bury 10 freebies and get layups from star point guard Kate Goodell and Farrara before taking a 30-11 lead to the break.

The purple and white never threatened in the second half, however the student section wouldn’t let them quit -- "Let’s go Colonels" could be heard from the supporters during the third frame. And they’d go crazy after each hoop, including a couple by Goodhue, a mid-range jumper from Piergentili and especially Bird’s make from beyond the arc.

And with the game way out of reach, a potential future star started turning heads early in the fourth. Sophomore Maddy Derosia attacked up the middle for an easy bucket, swished a couple of free throws and played some textbook defense at the other end.

"This game was a big turning point for Maddy Derosia. I’ve felt that she has the potential to be the best player in the state when she’s a senior if she keeps working at it," noted Freed.

Farrara (13 points), Brinkley Legacy (11) and Jenna Crowley (10) did the damage for the Patriots. Bezanson scored a team-high eight points for Brattleboro, Derosia followed with six, and the hosts got five each from Bird and Savage.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.