BROOKFIELD –– A home-court season-opening win may have proved costly for Brookfield High girls’ basketball team Monday night.
Senior leader Rebecca Litz sustained an apparent left knee injury with 6:01 remaining in the 3rd quarter. At the time, Brookfield was leading Lisbon, 35-22.
And while the Lady Warriors lost their focus for a brief period, they ultimately responded with a 62-40 win.
Brookfield bench boss Ken Forsythe admitted his players were unnerved seeing Litz laying on the floor. Forsythe said she tore the same left ACL during her freshman year. Monday night, Litz was leading Brookfield with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 2 1/2 quarters.
She is to be evaluated by a physician today, Forsythe said.
While play was halted, Forsythe urged his players to “ win this one for (Litz), this is about her.’
“They didn’t know how to react,” Forsythe admitted, “but when she came out of the locker room and was sitting on the bench (during the 4th quarter), that helped them to keep pushing through.”
Lisbon rallied to within 39-34 with 2:10 remaining in the 3rd period on Izzy Perez’s free throw; however, the Lady Warriors went on a 6-0 spree to close the quarter with a 45-34 edge, then outscored Lisbon 17-6 during the 4th frame.
An admiring Forsythe said of the 5-foot-7 Litz, “She’s a returning starter, our leader. We call her the ‘Mother Hen’ because all the (underclassmen) follow her around. ... She’s been our leader and heart and soul. Losing her ––if we do –– is gonna be tough.”
Brookfield (1-1) was bolstered by Audrey Reardon (14 points, 4 assists), Anna Reichart (9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists), freshman guard Sophia Hook (8 points, 4 assists), and another pair of freshmen in Mikayla Jumper (9 points), and Katie Logan (8 points, 5 assists).
“They played real well,” Forsythe said, adding in regard to his squad’s unselfishness, “We start two sophomores and two freshmen, so we can’t be a one-man show. We stress (sharing the ball) in practice.”
Leading Lisbon were seniors Maddie Liberati, with a game-high 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, while Perez pumped in 19 points.
But Lisbon committed 22 turnovers and connected on only 16 of 46 floor shots, compared with respective totals of 15 miscues and 26-for-49 shooting for Brookfield.
The Lady Warriors assisted on 21 of their 26 field goals.
Note: Brookfield’s proud program has won 6 league, 19 sectional, 8 district, and 8 regional championships. The Lady Warriors have won 6 straight sectional crowns.
The Brookfield Warriors started their season in a new house— Ten Pin Alley, Hermitage — after bowling for the last 10 years at Bellwick Bowl.
The girls were victorious 1499 to 1026 over the visiting Southington Tigers. Emilee Bebech led the Lady Warriors with a 256 series, good for 2nd overall. Macy Devine had a 253 series. Crystal Kowalski and Aly Breighner came off the bench to aid the cause with a 122 and 129, respectively.
The boys’ team struggled in the second regular game and fell 1746-1875, despite winning the Bakers. They were led by Matthew Breighner with a 342 series, good for second overall, and a 288 series from DJ Kiskadden.
• A Saturday article on Wilmington High’s PIAA Class 2A football playoff game inadvertently omitted Jason Hess in the list of seniors who played their final game for the Greyhounds.
Also, Patrick Zack’s name was listed incorrectly.
LISBON 9 11 14 6 40
BROOKFIELD 14 19 12 17 62
LISBON –– Ketchum 0-0-0-0, Perez 7-4-11-19, VanGiesen 0-1-3-1, Henthorne 1-1-2-3, Liberati 8-1-1-17, Davis 0-0-0-0, Marriner 0-0-0-0, Emmerling 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Perez 1. Totals: 16-7-18-40.
BROOKFIELD –– Reardon 6-1-4-14, Hook 4-0-0-8, Reichart 3-2-2-9, Logan 3-2-2-8, Litz 4-2-2-10, Mikenzie Jumper 0-0-0-0, Mosora 2-0-0-4, Gibson 0-0-2-0, Mikayla Jumper 4-0-0-9, Hammond 0-0-0-0, Thomas 0-0-0-0, Sirochman 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Reardon 1, Reichart 1, Mikayla Jumper 1. Totals: 26-7-12-62.
JV: No game.