Jonathan Normand must feel like it's ground hog day. And he would love to break the cycle.
The Yellow Jackets led at halftime of every game in the Whataburger Basketball Tournament's Blue Division at Chisholm Trail High School in north For Worth. They also lost each time.
The latest loss was in their tournament finale Saturday against Sanger, 54-49. The Jackets were up 33-27 at the break before managing just 16 points in the third and fourth quarters. That included only six in the final stanza.
Through its last five games, Stephenville averages 16.8 points to its opponents' 15 in first quarters, and leads games at the break by an average score of 28.2 to 26.6. But the Jackets are being outscored 16.6 to 10.4 in the third and 18.6 to 10.6 in the fourth of those games, for a second half total of 35.2 to 21.
Grayson Sweet led Stephenville Saturday with 18 points, 16 of them before the half. Mookie Carlile scored 10 including all six of the team's points in the fourth. B.J. Walker cooled off with four points after averaging 25.5 in two games Friday. Garrett Cole scored four, Branndon Bledsoe, Colby Brandon and Will Holland each added three and Malik Taylor and Tyler Ishamd both had two.
The Jackets travel to Lorena for a 2:30 p.m. game Friday. Sub-varsity play starts at 1 p.m.