The Stephenville Honeybees rallied from a rough start to post a 37-35 overtime triumph over state-ranked Midlothian Heritage in a key District 8-4A matchup on the road.

The Honeybees improved their district record to 3-1 and their overall mark to 12-10.

Heritage (21-4 overall, 3-1 in district) came into the game at No. 13 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches top 25 state rankings, but fell to 20th this week. Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees had been ranked No. 15 by the TABC earlier this season.

Hailey Martin was the leading scorer in the game for the Honeybees, with 13 points. Jayci Morton added 7 points and Tesslie Baker contributed 6 points.

The Honeybees managed just one point in the opening quarter, and 7 in the second quarter. But Stephenville’s defense limited the Lady Jaguars to only 3 points in the second quarter, and the Honeybees faced a 17-8 halftime deficit.

SHS outscored Heritage 12-7 in the third quarter, and sent the game into overtime tied at 29 with a 9-5 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.

In overtime, the Honeybees came through by outscoring the Lady Jaguars, 8-6. Payton Wall contributed Stephenville’s lone field goal in the overtime, while Morton made sank 4 of 6 free throws and Tesslie Baker made 2 of 4 from the line.

“Even with a slow start, they never panicked,” Thorpe said of the Honeybees. “They kept playing hard on defense until our offense caught up.”

The Honeybees (12-10 overall) will have their next game on Tuesday at home against Alvarado (varsity at 6 p.m.).