Outclassed, but undaunted, Brookfield fell to highly touted Centralia, 48-21, in last night's varsity girls basketball action.

Despite the one-sided affair, the scrappy Bulldogs forced the Panthers, ranked #9 in Class 3 and #39 in the state, to earn every point, holding them to a dozen points below their season average.

"This was probably our best defensive effort of the year, and against a highly ranked team," Coach Thomason said. "I was very proud of the ladies' effort in holding Centralia to their second lowest scoring output of the year. I believe if we keep digging in against the tough competition that we see on a nightly basis, good things are going to come for us down the stretch of the season."

Greenlee McCollum (6 rebounds, 2 steals, assist) and Gracyn Beckman (steal) paced the 'Dogs with five points each, while Jerzi Fields (2 assists, steal) scored four points, and Maddie Wilbeck (5 rebounds, assist) added a trey. Emma Sensenich and Madi Lumsden (3 rebounds, block) chipped in two points apiece.

Breckin Thudium, Maggie Bennett and Emma Meyer each had a rebound, and Haven Stufflebean had a steal.

The Lady Bulldogs (6-11) visit Brunswick Thursday night.

-Dennis Hughes

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