Hico had a tough trip to Lipan Tuesday night, where its boys team played its first game of the season.
The Tigers didn't end their deep push in the 1A Division I football playoffs until the state semifinals Saturday, and challenged the Indians after just one practice on the hardwood.
Lipan won 48-26 despite Hico jumping out to an 8-0 advantage.
"We started strong, but we didn't have our basketball legs with us, so we got pretty wore out," said Stegall. "That didn't surprise me right after football season."
Cade Hitzfeld scored eight and Hunter Wood seven to lead the Tigers. Justin Smith added five while Lane Turner, Ryder Needham and Zane Whitehead scored two each.
No. 24 Lipan was on fire in the girls contest, winning 64-23.
"We bowed up to them a little bit, but they just had too much firepower for us," said Stegall, who leads both Hico programs. "We did some good things, but they were hot and we couldn't make a whole lot."
Stegall was primarily concerned with Lipan's press entering the contest.
"We actually did a good job handling their pressure, we just didn't close out on their shooters very well," he said.
Both Hico programs visit Glen Rose Friday. Sub-varsity games tip off at 4 p.m. with the varsity girls expected to begin at about 6:30. The boys will follow at about 8.