The Brookfield girls' basketball team got hammered at home on Friday night against formidable conference foe Clark County. With the 55-34 loss, the Bulldogs fall to 5-12 on the season.

Clark County, a state-tournament quarterfinalist from a season ago, advances to 19-1 with its only loss of the season coming in tournament play against Palmyra in mid-January.

Brookfield never had a chance to dig itself out of a big, early hole, trailing 26-9 through one quarter of play. Clark County posted just nine points in the second quarter, but that outdid the mere six that Brookfield was able to manage in that same frame.

With a 35-15 lead at the intermission, the Indians were able to cruise home to their fourth Clarence Cannon victory in as many games and stay atop the conference standings as the only undefeated team.

"Clark County has the players to make another deep run in state play," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "We struggled early with their size and experience."

Rylee Sensenich led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Kaylie Stufflebean finished with eight, and Cassi Conard posted six. No other bulldog contributed more than a pair of points.

Although Clark County only had two scorers in double figures with 16 and 10 points, nine different Indian girls scored on the evening.

The Bulldogs now sit at 1-4 within the conference. With only three conference games remaining on their Clarence Cannon schedule, they would need to defeat South Shelby and Macon on the road and Monroe City at home in the next two weeks to reach .500 in the fixture.

By the time of this publication, the Bulldogs will have traveled for a Monday-night matchup against Marceline.