A basketball team that shoots well, executes on offense and is outstanding on defense usually finds that’s a formula for winning.
So far, so good, for the Stephenville High School Honeybees.
Coach Alan Thorpe’s team improved to 5-0 on the season with Tuesday afternoon’s 50-33 road victory over Class 3A Jacksboro.
Following Monday’s 64-39 win at home over 3A Eastland (0-3), Thorpe said, “We shot the ball pretty well in that game. I thought our defensive effort was really good, and we executed offensively. If you do those three things, you’re probably going to win.”
Although it’s still early in the season, teams will be entering their holiday tournament schedule and starting to look ahead to all-important district competition before long.
“We want to keep building momentum,” Thorpe said. “They’re getting more confident. When they’re clicking, that offense looks really good. We did much better today finding the open person.”
In the Jacksboro game, Alee McClendon scored a team-high12 points. Jayci Morton added 11 and Kassidy Nowak scored nine for the Honeybees.
Stephenville gained a 12-5 lead in the opening quarter, and led 28-17 at intermission. The Bees continued to pull away in the third quarter when they outscored the Lady Tigers 14-5. Jacksboro had an 11-8 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.
Against Jacksboro, Hannah Bernays popped in a team-high 18 points for the Bees. McClendon contributed 12 points.
SHS owned an 11-6 first-quarter lead, but poured it on in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 22-7 for a 33-13 halftime advantage.
The Bees extended their lead to 46-22 in the third and had a 16-12 edge in the final quarter.
The Honeybees will play their next game on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at home against Aledo (varsity at 6 p.m.).