The 19th-ranked Stephenville Honeybees did what they needed to do — and then some — Tuesday night in Gandy Gym.
Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees made sure that Alvarado remained winless in District 8-4 basketball play, overwhelming the Lady Indians, 81-13, recording 32 points in the third quarter.
More importantly, the win improved Stephenville to 4-1 in district play, and 13-10 on the season. Alvarado, which has now lost 18 of its 22 games this season, fell to 0-5 in district.
The Honeybees returned to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A state rankings this week, before Tuesday’s matchup.
Thorpe said that it’s important to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat when it comes to district play.
“That’s what we talked about — games we’re favored to win, we’ve got to win,” Thorpe said. “(The Lady Indians) have struggled. If you can get to them early, you might can take the fight out of them. I thought we did a good job of it.”
Indeed they did, outscoring the Lady Indians 16-1 in the opening quarter, then taking a 33-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. A pair of 3-point baskets by Hailey Martin and one by Jordan Carter in the second quarter helped make that happen.
But the big eruption came in the third quarter, when seven Honeybees scored at least two points, and Madison Carter had all of her seven points for the game.
Overall, Martin led the Honeybees with 16 points in the game. Payton Wall was next with 12 points, followed by Jordan Carter with 11 and Alee McClendon with 10.
The Honeybees capped off their performance by outscoring Alvarado 16-2 in the fourth quarter.
Thorpe said that sometimes the Honeybees let up when they aren’t pressing on defense — but not this time.
“When we get out of our press, we tend to relax a little. I don’t think we did that (tonight),” Thorpe said.
Stephenville notched 18 steals compared to the Lady Indians’ two steals, and had a 23-13 edge in team rebounding.
Last night (Friday) the Honeybees were on the road against Godley, which is 2-3 in district and 12-14 overall, but beat Stephenville in a non-district contest earlier this season.
“They got us when we were shorthanded in the Granbury tournament,” Thorpe said. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
The Honeybees’ next outing will be Tuesday at Waxahachie Life School, with the varsity set to start at 6 p.m.