It has not been a banner year for Alvarado basketball — but don’t expect the Honeybees or Yellow Jackets to take the Indians lightly Friday night.

Though both Stephenville squads came away with big wins on the road earlier this season — the Honeybees won by 60 and the Yellow Jackets won by 30 — a let down at home could derail a season’s worth of work. The girls tip off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8.

“It’s the kind of game that sets you up for frustration if you’re not real careful,” Honeybees head coach Ron Berry said.

Two special promotions are meant to keep spirits high. Friday is Junior High Night and ‘Pack the Gym’ night.

A loss to Alvarado would be “disastrous,” Berry said, especially given the ground the Honeybees have gained in the District 8-4A race. They’re one game behind district leader Crowley, and one game ahead of Joshua and Cleburne.

“We’re in good shape (regarding standings),” Berry said, and with two solid wins under their belt, they’re on a roll.

“We’ve been playing so good, you don’t even like to see the weekend come,” he said.

The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, must have felt a wave of relief after completing the final week of their first round of district play, which included games versus Crowley and Everman.

Tuesday’s win at Aledo snapped the team’s four-game losing streak and evened their district record at 4-4.

The Yellow Jackets must maintain their intensity against the Indians tonight and at Joshua Tuesday, and finish out strong to have a shot at the district’s third playoff spot.