LIBERTY — Coming into Saturday’s game, Liberty’s girls basketball team was averaging 61 points a game. Brookfield held the Leopards to 29 in a 41-29 All-American Conference Blue Tier victory.
“I told our girls defensively we have to come out and stay in front of their girl because they can penetrate the gap very well,” Brookfield coach Ken Forsythe said. “We have to box out and play hard and that’s what we did today.”
Until the fourth quarter the game was neck and neck. Both teams were sinking shots, but something changed in the fourth quarter that led Brookfield (4-1, 1-0 AAC Blue) to outscore the Leopards 17-9.
“I felt like they got tired,” Forsythe said. “I told the girls to keep pushing the ball. I just thought they got tired and we started looking for the easy buckets.”
Senior Bailey Drapola led the Warriors, scoring 13 points, with eight of them coming from free throws. She also had 11 rebounds. Becca Litz contributed 14 rebounds and six assists. Audrey Reardon scored eight points and Chloe Willrich scored six.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.