A sluggish start and cold shooting doomed Brookfield, and Marceline capitalized with a 38-33 win in Thursday night's varsity girls basketball match-up.

The Bulldogs could muster little early, but a long-range jumper at the first-quarter buzzer by Madi Lumsden seemed to light a fire, despite the 16-7 deficit. The 'Dogs held the Tigers to four points in the second period, but still trailed by seven at the half.

They managed to close within three points twice early in the third quarter on a three by Lumsden (5 points, 5 rebounds, assist) and a deuce by Greenlee McCollum (7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, rebound), only to see the Tigers increase their slight lead.

The 'Dogs rallied once again in the final frame, as McCollum's trey pulled them to within 31-29 with 3:33 to go, and Maddie Wilbeck (3 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) drained a contested three from the baseline to close to 34-33 with 43.6 remaining. However, the Tigers escaped with free throws and an uncontested lay-in.

Jerzi Fields (4 rebounds, 2 steals) collected eight points; Gracyn Beckman (5 rebounds, steal) had five points; Emma Meyer (steal) had three points; and Haven Stufflebean (rebound) added two points. Emma Sensenich pulled down two boards, and Maggie Bennett had an assist and a steal.

Emma Myer drilled back-to-back threes late in the fourth quarter, as Brookfield rallied and slipped past Marceline, 26-25 in the girls JV basketball game.

Breckin Thudium led the Bulldogs with eight points, to go along with Meyer's six points. Gracie Daller and Kierstyn Sutch each had four points, while Milee McCollum added a trey, and Maggie Bennett chipped in a free throw.

The Lady Bulldogs (5-8) host Palmyra on Tuesday, while the JV Lady Bulldogs (2-2) welcome South Shelby on Monday.

-Dennis Hughes

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