A bombardment of threes and a suffocating defense was a lethal combination, as highly touted South Shelby upended Brookfield, 58-23, in girls varsity basketball last night.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 25-8 opening-quarter advantage - fueled by four treys, and their full court pressure defense collared the Bulldogs throughout.

The 'Dogs valiantly fought back and managed a 14-14 stalemate in the second quarter; however, they were gassed in the second half, as the Cardinals (17-5) pulled away.

"Their in-your-(face) defense is non-stop," Coach Thomason admitted. "And with just two experienced guards, we ran out of steam."

Maddie Wilbeck (rebound, assist) led the Bulldogs with 10 points, while Greenlee McCollum (rebound, steal) and Madi Lumdsen (4 rebounds) scored five and four points, respectively.

Jerzi Fields (2 rebounds, 2 steals) had two points, and Breckin Thudium and Gracyn Beckman (2 rebounds, 2 steals, assist) each added a free throw. Emma Sensenich, Maggie Bennett and Emma Meyer each had a rebound.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-13) visit Lawson (13-9) tonight.

-Dennis Hughes

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