The Brookfield girls' basketball team's scoring woes continued on Thursday night in its final regular-season game of the year. The Bulldogs fell 46-29 at home to Lawson, and they finish their slate at 6-17. Brookfield has lost 13 of its final 14 games going into its first-round district game. The Bulldogs open district play with Maryville on Monday.
"It's just frustrating, I thought a lot of games we've played were there to be won," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "(Lawson) came out and they hit some shots. It was one of those games all night. We played like we were out of sorts and just physically tired."
The Lawson girls finish their regular season 8-16.
An inept offensive second half proved to be Brookfield's demise on Thursday evening. Lawson's Ellie Smith knocked down three three-pointers, and the Cardinals led the Bulldogs 17-10 after a quarter of play. Brookfield narrowed Lawson's lead to 26-22 by the end of the half, but the Bulldogs posted just three points in the third quarter and only five in the fourth.
"We had a terrible third quarter," Fairchild said. "We got a little impatient at times, and we chased a little bit too much on defense. We got beat on the boards. If we could play like we did during some parts of January, we'd have had a shot tonight."
In the third quarter, Brookfield guard Cassi Conard left with an elbow injury to add to the Bulldogs' already dinged-up roster. She posted 11 points to lead her team, all in the first half. Kaylie Stufflebean was the Bulldogs' runner up with five points.
Lawson had a pair of scorers in double figures. Taylor Dolf posted 15 points, and Smith finished with 14.