Stephenville gave Mineral Wells all they wanted Tuesday night in tightly contested bi-district championship that ended with the Rams sneaking by with a 72-58 win.
The game didn't start off quite how Stephenville would have wanted.
In a little more than a minute of play, Mineral Wells had run out to a quick 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets did eventually answer their opposition's high tempo, but trailed 12-6 with 4:45 remaining in the quarter.
The Rams used another run, 6-0, to increase their lead to 12, 18-6, forcing Stephenville to call timeout. The brief break managed to shift momentum allowing the Yellow Jackets to end the quarter on a 9-3 run of their own.
Trailing 21-15 at the start of the second period was the closest Stephenville would come to the lead over the remainder of the first half. Mineral Wells outscored the Yellow Jackets 20-13 over the period giving them a 13-point, 41-28 lead at halftime.
Stephenville head coach Bill Brooks' halftime speech, whatever it was, had a massive effect on his team in the second half.
Stephenville went on to outscore the Rams 16-9 in the third period and entered the fourth trailing by only six, 50-44.
Near the mid-way point of the quarter, the Yellow Jackets cut the Rams' lead to only a possession as guard Clay Krause drilled one of his several three-point shots on the night to bring his team to within two, 51-49.
Over the remainder of the game the Yellow Jackets failed to convert possessions or hold Mineral Wells defensively resulting in the Rams ending things on a 21-9 stretch of play icing the win.