As the second smallest school at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational, Stephenville head coach Alan Thorpe knew his Honeybees had a tough slate ahead.
They faced three consecutive 5A foes at Legacy and Lake Ridge High Schools in Mansfield, winning a nail biter and dropping the other two.
"We haven't played poorly at all, we're just facing some outstanding competition," said Thorpe Friday night. "We knew it would be tough here, it's that way every year. This is a great tournament because it brings in strong competition from all over the place."
The Honeybees tripped up Legacy 48-43 on its home court Friday afternoon. It was close throughout with the Bees leading 15-14 after one and 26-25 at the break. They were ahead 39-33 through three quarters.
Only six Stephenville players scored, but three were in double digits. Junior guard Cassidy Cline scored 15, sophomore post Kourtney Seaton netted a career-best 11 and senior guard Tiara Green added 10. Also scoring were Lariat Larner and Bethanie Bouchey with five each and Lyndi Graham with two.
Stephenville was in the late game Friday night against Arlington Martin, falling 56-41. The third quarter made the biggest difference, as the Bees were outscored 18-7 after trailing by just one - 20-19 - at the break.
Green and Cline led the way with 12 points and 11, respectively. Larner contributed nine, Seaton five, varsity newcomer Skylar Chipman two, Bouchey one and Graham one.
Stephenville's tournament opener was a 50-38 loss to Cedar Hill on Thursday. A report was published in the Friday edition of the E-T.