McGraw varsity girls basketball team battled, but fell short to Brookfield at home

McGraw junior Karissa Wilbur shoots a three-pointer. (Camilo Fredes/Cortland Voice).

It was a tough game for the McGraw varsity girls basketball team, as they fell 31-54 to an undefeated Brookfield team last night.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the opening quarter of the game. McGraw ended the quarter trailing by four (11-15).

Brookfield had a comfortable 17 point lead (14-31) at the end of the first half, and never looked back with junior forward Jaelyn Vleer-Elliot leading the charge. Vleer-Elliot ended the game with 25 points.

“We knew that #21 (Vleer-Elliot) and #4 (Madilyne Kupris) were going to be the tough ones on the team (Brookfield), and that they were going to push us to our limit,” said McGraw head coach Jason Wilbur. “We played really well in the beginning, but our defense became sluggish in the second quarter and we couldn’t hold up to their pressure. We’ve had a slow start to our season, but I feel like the girls responded well. We just need to come through with a few more big shots.” 

McGraw junior Karissa Wilbur would lead the Eagles in scoring with total of 17 points.

Up next, McGraw will be on the road against Morrisville-Eaton on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. 

Here are some more photos and video highlights of the game: