The Stephenville Honeybees’ second District 8-4A girls basketball meeting with state-ranked Glen Rose wasn’t nearly as close as the first matchup.
Tuesday night in Gandy Gym, the Honeybees lost a 39-19 decision to the Lady Tigers, who are ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A state rankings, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
On Dec. 20 in Glen Rose, the Lady Tigers beat Stephenville 36-34.
The Lady Tigers have now won 17 consecutive games.
“We obviously didn’t play well in that game,” SHS head coach Alan Thorpe said, suggesting the players may have felt complacent. “We didn’t play hard in that game, and that’s not typical of us. We’ve got to get back on track.”
Stephenville, 5-3 in district and 14-12 on the season, is still in third place behind Glen Rose (9-0, 28-1) and 19th-ranked Midlothian Heritage (6-2).
Thorpe suggested that the 20-point loss may lead to better performances down the stretch in district play.
“Sometimes you need a wakeup call to get refocused,” Thorpe said.
The Honeybees’ scoring Tuesday was limited to just a single free throw in the first quarter, and seven points for the entire first half. SHS was outscored 11-4 in the third quarter, and 10-8 in the fourth.
“They play really good defense,” Thorpe said of the Lady Tigers. “We like to attack, but we didn’t. If you don’t attack that defense, it will be a long night for you.”
Jordan Carter, Payton Wall and Alee McClendon scored 4 point apiece for the Honeybees, who shot just 20.5 percent from the field overall. McClendon was the team’s rebounding leader, with 7, while teammate Hannah Bernays recorded 3 steals.
Tuesday’s contest was the 17th consecutive victory for the Lady Tigers, who improved their season record to 28-1.
“It was a big game for both teams,” Glen Rose head coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “We did a good job from the get-go.”
Last night (Friday), the Honeybees were scheduled to play at Venus. On Tuesday they are slated for a 6:30 p.m. matchup at home against Heritage.
COACHES FOR A CURE
Fans attending Tuesday's home game can help out a former SHS teacher, Dr. Rick Sherrod, who recently was diagnosed with cancer. It will be Coaches for a Cure fundraiser night, benefiting Sherrod, who retired in May after teaching at SHS for 19 years. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a bake sale/silent auction in the SHS foyer, donation boxes at the front gate, performances of the Teams of Tomorrow youth basketball group and a cake auction.