Monroe City head basketball coach Brock Edris secured the 100th victory of his career as his Panthers rolled to a 78-45 win at Brookfield on Tuesday night.

Monroe City head basketball coach Brock Edris secured the 100th victory of his career as his Panthers rolled to a 78-45 win at Brookfield on Tuesday night.

Tyler Pickens was recognized as the lone Bulldog senior during senior night festivities before tipoff. 

As for the game itself, there was little for Brookfield to celebrate.

Monroe City junior playmaker C.E. Talton motored his way to 30 points in just three quarters on the court.

Monroe City improved to 20-4 on the season.

Brookfield fell to 2-20.

Talton scored a dozen points in the first quarter to put the Panthers ahead for good. Kaelin Kendrick-O'Bryan also drained a three in the opening period to help the visitors take a 21-10 advantage through the first eight minutes of play. 

In the early stages of the second quarter, the Bulldogs scrapped to within nine points and played perhaps their best help-side defense of the season to force several errant Monroe City passes. 

"Even tonight, we sometimes struggled with getting into our press defense, so we have room for improvement in a lot of spots," Edris noted. "We had 16 or 18 turnovers tonight, and credit to them for getting a lot of deflections. Their traps in the half-court set were pretty good." 

The Panthers responded to score the next 15 points of the game to break open a 36-12 lead. 

Blake Hays (5) and Dalton McAfee (4) combined for nine points in the second quarter as Monroe City held a 41-20 lead at the intermission.

Kendrick-O'Bryan finished with 10 points in the win, while Zach Osborn scored nine and McAfee finished with seven. 

Jeremy Williams was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, producing 17 points, including 11 of Brookfield's 14 in the third quarter as the hosts tried to rally. 

Derek Liebhart finished with eight points for Brookfield, and Jacob Day posted six.

Pickens finished with a pair of buckets in the first half. 

"We had a lot of possessions that looked good, but sometimes we struggled to finish some easy ones," Brookfield coach Jerod Gillman said. "Then we'll have two or three possessions in a row where we struggle to get a good look, and we struggle with consistency."

Monroe City closes the regular season with a home game against Macon on Friday.

Henry Janssen is the sports editor of the Linn County Leader.