Stephenville took care of the ball and distributed it better than it had all season and dominated in the paint in a 68-44 rout of rival Brownwood at Gandy Gym Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets tallied a season-high in assists with 17 while turning the ball over a season-low 10 times.
“We tend to dribble too much, so we’ve been emphasizing moving the ball better and taking care of it,” Stephenville head coach Mike Dacus said. “We did a better job of looking down the floor (Tuesday) and we were able to get some breakaways off that.”
When the Jackets weren’t breaking away they were setting up in a high-low offense featuring post players Cody Stevens and Josh Jenkins, who combined for 33 points.
“We were pretty much dominant in the paint all night,” Dacus said.
Jenkins scored a career-high 17 points while Stevens continued to have a hot hand with 16 points. He also grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Stephenville wasted no time jumping on top of the Lions, racing out to a 21-10 lead after one. Justin Lanham scored all eight of his points in the opening period.
The post players then took over in the second, as Jenkins (8) and Stevens (4) combined for 12 points and the Jackets outscored Brownwood 17-8 for a 39-18 halftime advantage.
Brian Picha had a solid night with nine points and five assists, while Juder Stidham scored six points. Other scorers for SHS included Kody Travis (3), Tyler Floyd (3), Aiavion Edwards (2) and Dalton Griffin (1).
Dacus says he has moved a little closer to determining the rotations the Jackets will use when District 8-4A play begins in January.
The Jackets return to action today as play gets under way in the Catclaw Classic hosted by Abilene Wylie. They battle Seminole at 12:30 p.m. and Lubbock Cooper at 5 p.m. today and Jim Ned at 12:30 p.m. Friday before competing in bracket action on Saturday.