The Stephenville High School girls basketball team is still regarded as one of the top Class 4A teams in the state, despite not playing their best in some recent outings, and the Honeybees came home from a tournament last weekend with fourth place.

The Honeybees closed out their action in the Great East Texas Shootout, a 30-team tournament held Dec. 7-9 in Brownsboro with a 53-22 loss to Class 6A Longview in the third-place game.

That was on the heels of a 41-26 loss to Class 4A Canton.

Stephenville’s first contest, Thursday night against Van, was a 52-39 victory that was previously reported. That, coupled with their earlier 59-47 win over Malakoff on Friday in their second game, eared the fourth-place spot.

Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees are ranked ninth in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, and 19th in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.

In the win over Malakoff, Payton Wall led the Honeybees in scoring with 16 and Jayci Morton scored 13.

Against Canton, none of the Honeybees were able to score in double figures. Hannah Bernays led with 6 points, followed by Wall with 5.

Individual scoring was not available from the Longview game.

Last night (Dec. 12) the Honeybees opened District 8-4A play against Waxahachie Life School.

Their game that had been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15, at Tuscola Jim Ned was canceled because of the conflict with the football playoffs. The next game for the Honeybees will be Tuesday in a district game at Glen Rose.