BENNINGTON, VT. — Peyton Steinman was stewing.
Early on in her team's opening game of the season, the Pittsfield junior found herself sitting on the bench in foul trouble. While she sat, her Generals saw a large first-quarter lead dissipate to Mount Anthony in Bennington.
But you know what they say about poking the bear.
Steinman came out in the second half revitalized and scored 31 of her game-high 36 points, helping the Generals erase a two-point deficit after three quarters for a 77-62 win on opening night.
"Early in the first half I got in foul trouble and I got benched," Steinman said. "I can't stand that happening. I felt like I let my team down, myself down. I got angry and came out and, I don't know, I tried my best."
Best was an understatement.
Steinman saved her biggest outburst for the fourth quarter, pouring in 21 points from all areas of the court as her team laid a wicked counter blow on the Patriots (1-1). In a game that featured ebbs and flows to the extreme, Steinman's contributions in the fourth made all of the difference.
"That's the first game [of the year] and you have a kid that is possibly a Division I player ... she just made things better for her teammates," Pittsfield (1-0) coach Joe Racicot said.
But Steinman wasn't alone. While her points undoubtedly made a difference, senior Allie Hunt put up 10 points and 16 rebounds, and sophomore Bella Aitken added 14 points to get the Generals off on the right foot.
"[Hunt and Aitken] are huge for our team," Steinman said. "Without them, we wouldn't be winning games like this. Allie on the boards, Allie was getting rebound after rebound, which helped us big time. Bella, she got big offensive rebounds. They really stepped up."
For the Patriots, Brianna Legacy had 17 points while also having to guard Steinman for the game, and Kathryn Frasier had 14 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Madison Little also hit double digits, putting up 13.
Those contributions made the game interesting after Pittsfield raced out to a 23-9 lead after a quarter.
With Steinman sitting for a majority of the second, MAU put together an 18-2 run that spanned a good portion of the quarter, putting the Patriots up 30-27 at the break.
The Patriots held that lead through the third, conceding just one point in the differential to take a 46-44 edge into the final frame.
Then, Steinman just started going off. After coming back to life with 10 points in the third, Steinman opened the fourth with a dead-eye 3-pointer, then she scored on cuts to the basket, floaters in the lane, freebies at the free-throw line and even added a pair of assists to Hunt that stymied MAU's chances of getting back in the game. By the time everything was said and done, Pittsfield outscored MAU 33-16 in the final stanza.
"She's good, and we knew that," MAU coach Brian Harrington said of Steinman. "She scored 20-something against us as a freshman, and 25 last year. We knew that we were going to have our hands full, and she did better than what we have right now."
Toni Satrape helped Pittsfield out on the boards with 10 rebounds, Steinman had six steals and Hunt added six assists to her double double effort. For MAU, Legacy finished with a double double with 10 rebounds.
The win gets Pittsfield off on the right foot to start the season. Next up for the Generals is city rival Taconic on the road on Monday.
Pittsfield 77, Mount Anthony 62
Steinman 13-6-36, Aitken 4-4-14 Hunt 5-0-10, Perkett 2-0-4, Satrape 1-0-2, Murphy 2-1-5, Eline-Wright 1-2-4, Curry 1-0-2.
MOUNT ANTHONY (62)
Little 6-1-13, Legacy 5-4-17, Frasier 6-2-14, Glanovsky 1-2-4, Burke 1-0-2, Paquin 0-1-1, Rennell 1-0-2, Iannotti 1-2-4, O'Brien 1-1-3, Harris 0-2-2.
3-point goals — Pittsfield (4 Steinman, 2 Aitken), Mount Anthony (3 Legacy).
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