The Monroe City girls basketball team dominated conference foe Brookfield 59-28 on the road Tuesday night.
The Monroe City girls basketball team hit the road for a Clarence Cannon Conference game on Tuesday night and shut down Brookfield from the start.
Junior Jada Summers led all scorers with 18 points to lead the Lady Panthers to a dominant 59-28 win.
Monroe City, ranked No. 8 in Class 3, improved to 21-3 on the season.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 6-16.
Brookfield's offense faced troubles scoring as Monroe City's full-court pressure gave the hosts fits inbounding the ball. The Lady Panthers netted multiple buckets in the first half off turnovers.
"That's what we try to do every single night," Monroe City coach Cody Leonard said. "They're a young team and we wanted to take advantage of that. We put some pressure on them early and we were able to get comfortable."
Leonard mentioned that a number of his players were dealing with the flu entering the game, forcing him to substitute more frequently than he would have liked.
Everything still worked out.
The Lady Panthers led 17-4 at the end of the first quarter, including hitting a heavily-contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.
They extended their lead to 42-17 by the end of the first half.
Monroe City held a 56-24 advantage at the end of the third quarter, and in the running-clock fourth, the two teams combined for just seven points.
"I thought we played very passive," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "I wasn't impressed. It was an uninspired performance tonight. Monroe City's a darn good team, and after last night's loss to Marceline, I think we were still thinking about that when we came in to play tonight. We need some confidence, and that gets frustrating for our girls.
"We made some mistakes I don't feel like we should make in February."
No Lady Bulldog was in double figures in scoring.
Cassi Conard finished with nine points, and Kaylie Stufflebean posted eight.
Emilie Okenfuss posted 12 points for Monroe City in the win, while Delanie Okenfuss scored nine and Hallie Dyer added seven.
Eight Monroe City players scored in the rout.
The Lady Panthers host Macon on Friday to round out their regular-season slate.
Henry Janssen is the sports editor of the Linn County Leader.