The Brookfield Bulldogs and Lady Dogs opened the home part of their season with a visit from the Salisbury Panthers and Lady Panthers on Friday night at home. The teams split games on this occasion.
The Lady Dogs press created a lot of steals early, and allowed Brookfield to jump out to an 11-4 lead early on. Thanks to some late offensive board work from Brookfield, the Lady Dogs held a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.
Salisbury had a 5-0 run to open the second frame. This ended with a hoop from Alesa Frey with less then 6:00 left before the half. Salisbury took a rebounding advantage in the frame to pull back into the game. At the half, though, Brookfield held a 34-24 lead.
Early in the third quarter, both teams were flat offenisvely, with them each managing only one hoop apiece. The teams both saw their offensive woes continue through the frame, and the Lady Dogs led 40-30 after three quarters.
In the final frame, Salisbury would outscore Brookfield 14-8 and close the gap. But, the Lady Dogs showed heart, and stayed tough to maintain the win. Brookfield won this game by a final score of 48-44.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs had to take on the defending Class Two State Champions. The Panthers came out, took an early lead, and never looked back. Brookfield lost this game 64-38.
“We are obviosuly a young team and still learning,” said Head Coach Jason White. “One of the things we are working on is to play hard and learn. There were times when they went on runs, and we didn’t recover. There were times, though, that we played well. We are looking to get better right now, and like I told the boys; we either win, or we get better.”