The Brookfield girls' basketball team had a tough time putting the ball in the cup on Friday night in Macon, falling to the Tigers 55-24. An impotent Bulldog offense manufactured just seven points in the middle two quarters of the basketball game, and trailed 33-13 when the two teams returned from the locker room for the second half.
"Macon's a physical team, and at times, we did some good things," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "We got some shots we wanted to get, and they just didn't go in. We've got to work on our defense and work on being stronger with the ball, but Macon is a pretty darn good team. They have size and they can rotate, they start five seniors and have five juniors off of the bench, and all their losses are to quality teams.
"We struggle matching up when teams play a zone with an inside presence."
The Brookfield girls fall to 6-14 overall and have now lost 10 of their past 11 games. Macon, meanwhile, is trending in the opposite direction, advancing to 18-5 and notching a victory in 12 of its past 14.
Brookfield guard Rylee Sensenich posted 14 points on Friday night, including knocking down four of her team's five three-pointers.
The Bulldogs' only other scorers were Kaylie Stufflebean with five points, Kate Ewing with three, and Cassi Conard with a bucket.
Macon's Megan Cashatt led all scorers with 16 points, with 10 of them coming in the first quarter.
"We identified that she was the shooter, but we didn't do a good enough job of making her put it on the floor," Fairchild said in reference to Cashatt.
By the time of this publication, the Bulldogs will have played Marceline in a make-up game of last Monday's weather cancellation. Brookfield then finishes the regular season with home games Tuesday against Monroe City and Thursday against Lawson.