Stephenville’s home opener Tuesday evening resulted in the Honeybees’ first win of the year, but also showcased the potential and the vast bit of room for improvement the team has.
After starting the game on a 6-0 run, Stephenville appeared to be in solid control. But with it being so early in the season, a lapse in defensive assignments resulted in Burnet shrinking their deficit all the way down to one-point after outscoring Stephenville 10-4 over the last several minutes.
Even with Burnet’s late first quarter surge, Stephenville didn’t move away from their game plan. They continued to full court press and use their athleticism to force turnovers and score fast break points eventually resulting in a six-point, 20-14 lead for the Honeybees.
While it did take sixteen minutes of game time, Stephenville did eventually prove themselves to be a level above the Lady Bulldogs on the court.
With the six-point lead to begin the half, Stephenville was fueled by baskets early on from Payton Wall and Jayci Morton in what turned into an 11-0 run for the Honeybees. The run resulted in Burnet being outscored 17-7 in the quarter.
With a 16-point, 37-21 lead entering the game’s final quarter, Stephenville did take their foot off of the gas somewhat, but held on to win big, 54-35, thanks to some solid late free throw shooting.
Leading the Honeybees offensively in the win was Ebony Green who finished with 18-points. Also scoring in double-digits was Payton Wall who added another 12-points.
Stephenville will hit the hardwood again next Tuesday night when they host Granbury. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.