Stephenville’s boys basketball squad got 27 points from Skylar Stilwell and handed Glen Rose a 51-26 defeat Tuesday night in Gandy Gym, staying near the top of the District 8-4A standings.
Stephenville (5-2 in district, 10-12 overall) remains on the heels of district leader Midlothian Heritage (7-0) and second-place Waxahachie Life School (6-1). Heritage is ranked No. 11 and Life is No. 13 in this week’s Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Stilwell was red-hot as the game’s top scorer, hitting 10 of 16 shots from the field and 4 of 5 free throw attempts. He added five rebounds.
Mason Holstein added 8 points, 5 steals and 6 assists for the Jackets, and teammate Braden Hayes was the top rebounder, with 12.
SHS scored the first 11 points of the game, before the Tigers scored for the first time, on a field goal at the 4:50 mark in the opening stanza.
Stephenville led 25-8 at halftime, and 45-14 at the close of the third quarter. Glen Rose cut the final deficit a little in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jackets 12-5.
The Yellow Jackets won the first district meeting between the two teams, Dec. 19 in Glen Rose, by a much tighter margin, 39-32.
“We’ve been playing pretty well,” SHS head coach Bill Brooks said of his team. “We’ve got the guys to put (defensive) pressure on people, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
Stephenville enjoyed a 38-17 advantage in team rebounding,
While the Jackets shot 40 percent (18 of 44) from the field, the Tigers made just 19 percent (10 of 51).
“They were ready to play,” GRHS coach Owen Clifton said of the Yellow Jackets. “They were up for the game, ready to play. They knew it mattered.”
The game mattered because both squads are in contention for one of the four playoff berths out of the district. That’s still true, but the Tigers slipped into a tie for fourth with Godley, both with 2-5 district marks.
The Jackets were scheduled to play at Venus last night (Friday), and will continue district play Tuesday at home against Heritage.