Brookfield rallied with timely and clutch shooting, knocking out Lexington, 44-39, in the opening round of the Class 3 District 16 girls basketball tournament.

After a back-and-forth contest for three quarters, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing, 31-29, entering the final period. But Jerzi Fields drained a three on a dish from Maddie Wilbeck on the 'Dogs first possession. Two minutes later, Fields repaid the favor and Wilbeck knocked down a trey from the right baseline, giving the Bulldogs a 35-31 lead.
The Minutemen tied the game, 35-35, with a pair of free throws and a turnaround jumper from the left short corner.

The Bulldogs responded when Wilbeck found Madi Lumsden at the free throw line for a turnaround jump shot. On the next possession, Lumsden kicked the ball out to Wilbeck, whose second three, from the top of the key, gave the 'Dogs a 40-35 advantage with 2:53 to go.
Lexington (8-18) scored again, but Greenlee McCollum, fouled on a drive, sank both free throws, pushing the margin back to five points with 1:28 remaining.

The Minutemen scored on a jumper in the lane, and had an opportunity to tie the game following a Brookfield turnover. However, they misfired on a short jumper and intentionally fouled McCollum, who hit on 1-of-2 free throws. McCollum added another free throw seconds later for the final margin.

Wilbeck scored a game-high 17 points, and Fields had 14 points. McCollum netted six points, while Breckin Thudium added three points, Lumsden had two points, and Maggie Bennett and Emma Meyer each chipped in a free throw.

The Lady Bulldogs (8-17) advance to the district semifinals, meeting host and top seeded Carrollton (17-8) Wednesday night at 6:00pm.

-Dennis Hughes

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