FAIRFIELD — On paper, this game had all the makings of an early-season SWC showdown.

Brookfield had won six of its first seven games and that one loss was by one point in overtime. Notre Dame-Fairfield had won five of its first six games, losing only to the best team in Class LL, New London.

Both teams had won their conference opener and were eager to prove who was the better team.

The game wasn’t even close.

Notre Dame-Fairfield put together a dominating performance at both ends of the floor, but especially on the defensive end as the Lancers raced to a 19-point halftime lead and coasted to a 55-30 victory over the Bobcats Thursday night at the Lancers gym.

“We have a lot of width,” Lancers coach Eric DeMarco said. “And when we’re playing fast and we’re playing wide, we can get into the passing angles pretty good, which was what we did tonight. We did a really nice job cutting off the passing angles and converting in transition at a pretty good rate.”

After spotting the Bobcats the game’s opening four points, Notre Dame-Fairfield put the defensive clamps on big time, allowing Brookfield just six points over the next 13:34, putting together runs of eight and 10 points to open a 24-8 lead, which increased to 29-10 at halftime.

“We weren’t able to get into any kind of offensive rhythm,” Brookfield coach Lisa Schang said. “They played good defense, we couldn’t get into our offense. That was probably the most aggressive defense we’ve faced all season.”

It was a defense that held the Bobcats without a field goal in the second quarter and for 10:19 overall from late in the first quarter until early in the third.

“It was a great defense,” Schang said. “It was something that we hadn’t faced this season and when your shooting’s not on and your facing a good defense, then you’re in trouble and that’s what happened to us.”

“We take great pride in our defense,” DeMarco said. “All the kids take pride and it’s one of the backbones of our program.”

Lindsay Zaleski led Brookfield with nine points and Kaitlin Farias added seven. Gabby Joseph paced Notre Dame-Fairfield with 11 points and five rebounds while Precious Montgomery added 10 points, Devyn Markland had eight points and Samantha LaValle scored six points and grabbed six rebounds.

“We do good job of collectively sharing the ball,” DeMarco said. “and we’ve kind of learned, the kids that have been here, that when give it up, we can get it back and that’s been nice to see how we’ve been sharing the basketball.”

Notre Dame pushed the lead to 44-19 after three quarters and DeMarco emptied the bench early in the fourth, eventually playing 12 players en route to the win.

BROOKFIELD (6-2, 1-1 SWC)

Jenna Melchione 0 0-2 0, Teja Gallop 0 0-0 0, Savannah Ryan 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Farias 3 0-0 7, Olivia Davidson 0 0-0 0, Tessa Ryan 1 1-2 3, Emmi Paulino 1 0-0 2, Jenna Joshi 3 2-2 8, Lindsey Zaleski 4 1-5 9, Holly Fleming 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 5-13 30

ND-FAIRFIELD (6-1, 2-0 SWC)

Devyn Markland 4 0-0 8, Abigail Anka 0 0-0 0, Megan Jankovsky 0 0-0 0, Brittany Fulton 1 0-2 2, Gabby Joseph 5 1-3 11, Samantha LaValle 2 2-2 6, Whitney Fulton 3 0-0 6, Precious Montgomery 4 2-2 10, Dayniera Artis 3 0-2 6, Vanessa Joseph 0 0-0 0, Mia Dunn 1 0-0 2, Zuquila Mbachiandim 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 5-11 55

BROOKFIELD 8 2 9 11 — 30

ND-FAIRFIELD 14 15 15 11 — 55

3-point goals: B — Farias. Fouled out: B — Tessa Ryan