The Stephenville Honeybees may have started a little wobbly but hit their stride with a 29-point second quarter Friday night on the way to a 78-31 District 8-4A girls basketball victory over Alvarado on the road.
The playoff-bound Honeybees maintained their hold on third place in the district standings, with only one game left in the regular season. Four teams make the postseason out of each district, but the fourth-place school usually gets a tougher first-round opponent because it’s a district champion.
The bi-district opponent for the Honeybees will be either Kennedale, which has clinched the District 7-4A title, or runner-up Mineral Wells. The winner of Tuesday's regular-season district finale against fourth-place Godley (6-5 in district) will earn third place, and will play Mineral Wells, because Godley won their first district encounter and therefore would have the tie-breaker. The loser of that game against Godley will take on Kennedale in the first round.
Payton Wall led the scoring for SHS with 13 points, and Hailey Martin added 12.
The Honeybees, who had previously clinched a playoff spot, improved to 7-4 in district and 16-13 on the season.
Eight SHS players scored at least 7 points Friday, and the win marked the second-highest scoring total this season. The Honeybees had scored 81 points in their first matchup against Alvarado earlier this season.
Hannah Bernays added 10 points against the Lady Indians, while Jayci Morton, Madison Carter and Alee McClendon scored nine points apiece. Tesslie Baker and Jordan Carter added seven each, and Madison Gilder had two.
“It was nice to see the scoring so even,” SHS head coach Alan Thorpe said.
Thorpe said it was a “slow start but a strong finish,” and noted that the Honeybees played “really well after the first quarter.”
Alvarado managed to outscore the Honeybees 12-8 in that opening quarter. But Stephenville had seven players score in the huge second-quarter eruption, outscoring the Lady Indians 29-6 to take a 41-14 halftime lead.
SHS outscored Alvardo 21-5 in the third quarter, and 20-8 in the fourth.