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Beavers Edge Blue Devils

December 23, 2019

As she fell out of bounds, Marissa Kupris fingertipped the basketball to teammate Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott. 

 

Late in the third quarter in Brookfield’s home game vs. rival Madison, the Beavers had controlled the game early, leading by as much as nine points in the first quarter. But the Blue Devils, who appear to be the other CCL contender for the league title this year, had come back to make it a close game, even taking a brief lead, 29-27, midway through the third quarter.

 

Vleer-Elliott had just made a basket to put Brookfield up 39-32 off an assist from Kupris. After the save under the Blue Devils basket, Madison stole the ball and Christa Usborne pulled the visitors two points closer.

 

But Madison never regained the lead and on a night when the entire Brookfield team battled sore throats and coughs, the Beavers hung on for a 47-41 win to improve to 5-0.

 

In the fast paced and physical game, Brookfield took a 17-8 lead after the first quarter. Madison ran into early foul trouble, with Lydia Pisiak getting her third before the first quarter ended; the Blue Devils also were called for a push away from the ball as they tried to inbounds after Vleer-Elliott was whistled for a foul for swinging her elbow on a rebound.

 

Despite the plethora of fouls called - Madison had three players foul out and two with four fouls, while Brookfield had two players with four fouls - neither…

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