Brookfield held its senior night events on Tuesday evening when Monroe City came to town. Between the two basketball teams, Tyler Pickens is the Bulldogs' only senior and was recognized between games.
As for the game itself, there was little for Brookfield to celebrate.
Brookfield falls to 2-20, while Monroe City continues its romp through the regular season at 20-4, bouncing back from a loss to Centralia last Friday.
"Even tonight, we sometimes struggled with getting into our press defense, so we have room for improvement in a lot of spots," Monroe City coach Brock Edris said. "We had 16 or 18 turnovers tonight, and credit to them for getting a lot of deflections. Their traps in the half-court set were pretty good."
In the early stages of the second quarter, the Bulldogs scrapped back within nine points at 21-12 after assembling good possessions on consecutive trips down the court. During that stretch, the Bulldogs played perhaps their best help-side defense of the season and forced several errant Monroe City passes.
The Panthers scored the next 15 points of the game, however, and at 36-12, the Bulldogs were dead in the water en route to a 78-45 defeat.
Sophomore guard Jeremy Williams shone bright for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night, finishing with 17 points, including 11 of his team's 14 in the third quarter. Derek Liebhart finished with eight, and Jacob Day posted six. The sole senior finished with a pair of buckets in the first half.
"We had a lot of possessions that looked good, but sometimes we struggled to finish some easy ones," Brookfield coach Jerod Gillman said. "Then we'll have two or three possessions in a row where we struggle to get a good look, and we struggle with consistency."
Monroe City junior C.E. Talton was the motor of his team's offense, posting 30 points in just three quarters on the court.
Brookfield rounds out its regular season with a home game against Lawson on Thursday. Monroe City hosts Macon on Friday.