CROWLEY - The Stephenville Honeybees topped the Lady Eagles in their District 8-4A opener, but couldn’t repeat the trick on the road Tuesday, falling 38-27.
Crowley is now perched atop the district, with a 7-1 record, while Stephenville drops to 5-3.
Lindsay Bloemhof led the Honeybees with 12 points. She also had three blocks. Trisha Tuck was the team’s second-leading scorer, with five points.
The Honeybees held a slim 17-16 lead at halftime, but their offense slowed to a crawl in the second half. The Lady Eagles outscored the Honeybees 22-10 in the final 16 minutes. Stephenville had just two points in the final quarter.
The slow pace was by Crowley’s design, as the Lady Eagles were content to swing the ball around the perimeter on offense. The Honeybees, down just three points going into the fourth quarter, soon saw that deficit double to six.
The Honeybees had trouble finding good looks at the basket, and weren’t able to convert on those they found. They also suffered on the boards, as Crowley out-rebounded them, 18-9.
Crowley began the game with a four-point surge, but baskets inside by Bloemhof evened the game near the five-minute mark.
The Honeybees took the lead on a layup by Holly Feist, but Crowley’s Ashley Stamp hit a jumper to even it. The next trip down, Tuck fed Bloemhof for a layup.
Kelsey Evans hit two of three free throws after being fouled on a shot from beyond the arc, but Meghan Dell tied the game at 10 before the end of the quarter.
Crowley took a 12-10 lead early in the second, but a three-pointer from Tuck returned the lead to the Honeybees, 13-12. A layup from Stacy Slayden gave Stephenville a 15-14 lead, and Tuck made a layup to stretch the lead to three.
They gave up nine straight points, though, heading into the third quarter. Evans fed Bethanie Young for a layup to break the drought midway through the third. After that basket, the Honeybees were down 23-19.
Kelsie Roberson fed Bloemhof for another bucket inside to cut Crowley’s lead to two, but Stamp hit a three-pointer. Stephenville hung tough, as Alyssa Reese hit a pair of free throws and Bloemhof had a buzzer-beating shot to bring the Honeybees within three, 28-25.
She and Stephenville had just one more basket in the game, and couldn’t mount a run at Crowley’s lead, which grew gradually. The Lady Eagles hit five free throws late to coast to their seventh straight win.
The Honeybees host Everman at 6:30 p.m. Friday.