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BRATTLEBORO — Mount Anthony’s comeback bid against Southern Vermont League foe Brattleboro fell just short Tuesday night.

Trailing by as much as 11 in the second half, the Patriots cut their deficit to three in the closing minutes behind timely baskets from Madi Moore and Alexia Allard. Cami Tetlow also came off the bench and hit a huge 3-pointer for MAU, but Brattleboro was able to ice the game at the free throw line and escape with a 46-41 victory.

Reese Croutworst was a huge factor in the win, scoring a game-high 16 points. She scored 9 of those points in the first half as Brattleboro jumped out to a 26-18 lead at the break, taking advantage of a stagnant MAU offense early.

Montana Frehsee added 10 points for the Colonels, including a pair of clutch free throws in the fourth quarter.

Moore and Allard each poured in 10 points for the Patriots.

Brattleboro improved to 5-10 on the year and hosts Rutland Friday at 7 p.m. MAU fell to 2-12 and looks to rebound Thursday night at home against Woodstock.