The Brookfield girls hosted Monroe City on Tuesday night and never had much of a chance against the Panthers. With just one regular-season game remaining on the docket, the Bulldogs fall to 6-16 with the 59-28 loss on a moot senior night. Brookfield rosters nary a 12th grader.
Monroe City, meanwhile, continues a tear through its regular season. The Bulldogs advance to 21-3, but have a pair of losses in the Clarence Cannon. The Panthers have fallen to Clark County and Highland, although they defeated Highland in non-conference, tournament play the week prior.
In Tuesday night's game, Brookfield's offense faced its characteristic troubles scoring early. Monroe City's full-court defensive set gave the Bulldogs fits simply inbounding the basketball, and the Panthers scored multiple buckets in the first half off of turnovers in which a Bulldog never touched the ball in play.
"That's what we try to do every single night," Monroe City coach Cody Leonard said. "They're a young team and we wanted to take advantage of that, we put some pressure on them early and we were able to get comfortable."
Leonard said that a number of his girls were dealing with the flu entering Tuesday's game, forcing him to substitute more frequently than he would have liked.
The Panthers led 17-4 at the end of the first quarter, including hitting a heavily contested three-pointer at the buzzer. They extended their lead to 42-17 by the end of the first half, and Brookfield's Cassi Conard hit a layup at the buzzer to get her team within even that margin.
Monroe City held a 56-24 lead at the end of the third quarter, and in the running-clock fourth, the two teams combined for seven points.
"I thought we played very passive," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "I wasn't impressed. It was an uninspired performance tonight. Monroe City's a darn good team, and after last night's loss to Marceline, I think we were still thinking about that when we came in to play tonight. We need some confidence, and that gets frustrating for our girls.
"We made some mistakes I don't feel like we should make in February."
No Bulldog was in double figures in scoring. Conard finished with nine points, and Kaylie Stufflebean posted eight. Rylee Sensenich was held out due to injury on Tuesday night.
Monroe City's Jada Summers led all scorers with 18 points, and Emilie Okenfuss posted 14.
Brookfield finishes its regular season hosting 7-16 Lawson on Thursday. The Panthers host Macon on Friday to round out their regular-season slate.