BROCK - It's tough to win on the road, especially when the host is a three-time defending state champion.
Class 2A No. 1 Brock scored eight of the final nine third-quarter points then kept pulling away in the fourth, defeating Stephenville (2-2) 54-39 Monday night.
The Lady Eagles connected on nine three-point bombs and used their pressure half-court man-to-man defense to create four straight turnovers during their key third-quarter run.
Lexie Ducat scored eight points in the first five minutes of the fourth, helping Brock to its largest advantage of 48-31 with 3:25 remaining. She had 10 in the period and led all scorers with 14.
The Honeybees rallied quickly with consecutive treys from Sheridan Stokes and Tiara Green to cut their deficit to 11 with 2:07 left, but Brock's Braylee Flaska answered immediately with a dagger three-ball at the other end.
Stokes led Stephenville with 13 points, while Green had six with five coming in the fourth quarter. Breyana diaz added five, Merideth Culpper and Cassidy Cline netted four each, Meagan Parsons scored three and Leslie Billings and Dally Friedrich each had two.
Brock also picked up nine points each from Taylor Fulmer and Kylie Ducat and eight from Taylor Wallace.
Brock looked as if it would run away early, jumping on top 8-1 on its way to an 18-7 lead by hitting three early triples and turning four first-quarter Stephenville turnovers into six points.
But the Bees answered, beginning with a driving runner by Cline to end the first. Stokes got a put back with a foul and turned it into a three-point play to begin the second-quarter scoring before Culpepper drained one of two free throws and Diaz hit an 18-footer from the right baseline to make it an 8-0 run and a three-point deficit.
Three-pointers by Kylie Ducat and Braylee Flaska pushed Brock's lead right back to nine before the Bees put together another 6-0 push to make it 24-21. Meagan Parsons began that rally with a long deuce before Stokes hit one of two free throws. Moments later, Stokes got away in transition and leaned around a defender while switching the ball from her left to right hand for a nifty finish underneath.
Brock got a key three-point play from Wallace when she took a pass from Flaska and banked in a shot while being fouled with 3.5 seconds left in the half. The ensuing free throw made it 27-21 at the break.