Brianna Bledsoe and Kelsey Evans both had a big second half and Stephenville (5-0) used a slight defensive adjustment to make a big difference in knocking off Springtown 54-43 at Gandy Gym Monday night.
Bledsoe scored all 11 of her second-half points in the first three minutes, 19 seconds of the third period, leading Stephenville from a 23-21 halftime deficit to a 45-33 advantage entering the fourth.
“They couldn’t stop (Bledsoe). We haven’t played anyone yet who could. She’s going to get her points,” Stephenville head coach Alan Thorpe said. “She’s always going to be able to score because we have good shooters at the other positions and that keeps (opponents) from being able to help off on her.”
Bledsoe says she knew she had to cut down on her turnovers and play more composed after struggling in the first half.
“I stopped trying to force things as much,”?she said. “We like to be a fast-paced team, but we can also and set up a play and run it, and we did a better job in the second half.”
Bledsoe, who finished with 19, didn’t score again after her quick barrage early in the third, and she didn’t have to with Evans heating up and scoring 11 of her 15 in the second half. Evans hit a layup to cap off a 15-2 third-quarter run by the Honeybees, opening up their first double-digit lead of the night. She also had two three-balls in the second half.
But just as big as the scoring of Bledsoe and Evans was a halftime defensive adjustment, preventing Springtown from continuing to hit from downtown. After the Lady Porcupines used four three-point shots from four different players to steal the lead in the second quarter, they hit only once from beyond the arc in the entire second half.
Stephenville visits Keller tonight in its second game in as many days. Tip off should be at approximately 5:30 p.m. following a JV game at 4 p.m.