For the first time since 2014, the Brookfield girls' basketball team is 2-0.
The Bulldogs defeated Carrollton at home on Wednesday night, 52-38, in a complete team effort. After leading 30-17 at the half, Brookfield allowed 13 unanswered points, and a few possessions later, had a 33-32 deficit before gunning back.
"We didn't act panicked, we just adjusted well," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "This a game that we might have lost in the past. In the second half, Carrollton gave us a different look and made it a ballgame. We got it into the middle, and when we kicked it back out, we hit our shots. That consistency will come, and in games like tonight, good things will happen.
"Winning our home opener is huge for us. We had an outstanding crowd, and I believe we put a good product out there."
Kaylie Stufflebean nailed a three-pointer to put the 'Dogs back on top, 35-32, and from that point onward, Brookfield never trailed. It took a 38-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored Carrollton 14-5 in the fourth quarter, and after allowing the huge surge to begin the second half, outscored the Trojans 20-5 overall.
Rylee Sensenich led the Bulldogs with 14 points. In a balanced outing, she scored in each quarter. Cassi Conard finished with 13 points, Stufflebean posted 11, and Kate Ewing finished with an even 10 and controlled the low block all evening.
Sydnie Thudium and Kaley Smith both posted a basket to round out the Bulldogs' scoring.
"After we fixed some things and got our plays down, we knew what was going to work, and we played together a lot more than we used to," Sensenich said. "(Fairchild) told us that we were going to lose if we didn't figure it out in the third quarter, and none of use are going to quit. Individually, we knew we had to work on our sets, and we don't want to settle."
Brookfield will play in the Higginsville tournament beginning on Monday.
The Bulldogs are into full swing beginning next week, and following the Higginsville tourney, Brookfield has four games in eight days before the holiday break.
Carrollton coach Ashleigh Onaca said that her team looked sluggish before turning it on.
"We have a young team, and we looked like we had some jitters," she said. "To begin the second half, we warmed up, and we didn't have the legs to maintain it. Our intensity was much higher in that third quarter."