The Brookfield boys' basketball team kept it respectable against a 17-3 Clark County side on Friday night, eventually falling 62-36.
Although the Bulldogs were routed by nearly 30 points, their performance on Friday was a solid sign of improvement compared to the poor outing against Centralia earlier in the week.
"We played much better," Brookfield coach Jerod Gillman said. "We got back to playing tough defense, and we rebounded the way we have to every night."
The Bulldogs scored a meager three points in the first quarter, but picked it up from there on. Although they never exploded with offensive output, the 10 points they scored in the second quarter was the fewest they would post in any period for the remainder of the game.
Although both teams played their reserves down the stretch, the young Brookfield side had 10 different players post a number in the scorebook. None of them finished the game in double-figures in scoring.
Cooper Cisna led the Bulldogs with seven points. Jacob Day posted six, and Jeremy Williams and Derek Liebhart both finished with five.
A pair of Clark County players had 16 points, and another Indian finished with 11.
"After getting into too much of a hole in the first quarter, we really played right with Clark County for the rest of the game," Gillman said. "We executed well, but just simply couldn't make open shots or put-backs in the paint. We held their scorers below their average, and forced others to beat us. (Compared to the game against Centralia), we cut back on our turnovers and hit the boards hard, out-rebounding a team that usually dominates in that department."
By the time of this publication, the Bulldogs will have played Marceline on the road.