Brookfield once again struggled to muster a complete game, falling to Monroe City, 34-22, in varsity girls basketball Tuesday night.

As in recent contests, the Bulldogs started strong. Solid team defense, a three by Maddie Wilbeck and Madi Lumsden's long jumper just inside the arc paved the way to a 7-4 first-quarter lead.

However, the 'Dogs could not find the bottom of the net in the second quarter, and the Panthers finally went ahead 10-7 on a three with under three minutes left in the half.

The cold shooting spell, which lasted nearly 12 minutes, continued into the third, and was finally broken with a pair of Wilbeck free throws, followed by a trey by the senior guard, drawing the Bulldogs to within 15-12.

But the Panthers answered with an 8-0 run, and Brookfield would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Wilbeck (6 rebounds, 4 steals) scored a team-high 10 points, and Greenlee McCollum (3 rebounds, 3 assists) had six points. Lumsden (4 rebounds, 2 steals, assist) added four points, and Emma Meyer chipped in two points. Jerzi Fields collected five rebounds and a steal, while Emma Sensenich and Haven Stufflebean each had two rebounds, and Magie Bennett had a steal.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-17, 1-6 CCC) next play in Monday's opening round of the district tournament.

-Dennis Hughes

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