Misfortunes marred Brookfield in Wednesday's 43-41 loss to top-seeded Carrollton in the girls district tournament semifinal matchup.

Giving the Trojans all they could handle, the upset-minded Bulldogs led 23-21 late in the third quarter when Jerzi Fields fell to the floor in agony. An unfortunate misstep sent the starting junior guard to the bench for the remainder of the contest.

Carrollton took advantage, ending the period with a 7-2 run and 28-25 lead.

But the Bulldogs refused to concede, and Maddie Wilbeck quickly opened the final quarter by draining a three, tying the game.

The Trojans, however, followed with a 10-2 burst in the next five minutes. Wilbeck finally ended the run with another trey, and just over a minute later, Emma Meyer drilled a baseline triple to pull the 'Dogs within three, 39-36 with 1:11 on the clock. They would get no closer, as turnovers and missed opportunities proved costly, and Carrollton added free throws to build a six-point margin. Madi Lumsden's layup on a baseline dish from Meyer, brought the Bulldogs to within four, but time was not their friend. The Trojans (18-8) added another free throw, and Wilbeck ended her outstanding high school basketball career with a three, the senior point guard's third of the quarter, at the buzzer.

Lumsden, a senior workhorse forward, led the Bulldogs with 13 points and seven rebounds, adding an assist and steal, and Wilbeck (2 rebounds, assist, steal) collected 11 points. Fields (3 rebounds, 2 steals), who was enjoying a fine tournament before bowing out to injury, scored nine points, while Meyer (assist) and Greelee McCollum (team-high 6 assists, 2 rebounds, steal) each knocked down a three, and Emma Sensenich (3 rebounds, steal) chipped in a bucket. Breckin Thudium had a rebound and assist, and Maggie Bennett had two rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs end their season at 8-18.

-Dennis Hughes

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