Brookfield's girls' basketball team got off to a hot start on Tuesday night, winning its season opener at home, 68-40, versus Putnam County.
Putnam hosted the Bulldogs in last year's season opener, and won 80-70. Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild was not surprised at his team's ability to generate offense, but was caught off-guard that his side was able to hold the Midgets to just 40 points.
Brookfield led 42-22 at the halftime break.
"With a couple of our post players out right now, we did a fine job of preventing Putnam from getting the ball onto the low block," Fairchild said. "We didn't feel like we had a massive advantage down there, but I thought that our guards did a really outstanding job of denying passes and denying opportunities. We don't have a lot of size, but these girls have played a lot of basketball and they move well laterally. That was all the difference tonight."
Brookfield senior bigs Kate Ewing and Kayla Gunn were both medically unavailable, but the prognosis is that neither is expected to miss too much time.
Senior Cassi Conard had a standout evening, finishing with 16 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Classmates Kaylee Stufflebean had Rylee Sensenich had 19 and 17 points, respectively. Tuesday marked the first time the senior class had won a season opener since those girls' freshman season.
Junior Kaley Smith reeled in five boards.
"Our main goal is to move the ball around and create shots," Stufflebean said. "Last year, we forced a lot of shots, but we've improved on that tremendously. We're doing a better job of trusting each other and not being afraid to get the open girl the ball. We have to make sure that we stay loose, because sometimes we play a little tense. We played pretty free tonight."
Brookfield plays in the Tri-Rivers Classic in Schuyler County beginning on Monday.