GRANBURY — Even though the win column has been elusive so far this season for the Stephenville boys basketball squad, head coach Bill Brooks is seeing some positive signs.
The Yellow Jackets slipped to 0-4 on the season with their 71-58 road loss Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Gym in Granbury.
On Monday afternoon at home in Gandy Gym, the Jackets were defeated by Class 4A Graham, 71-49.
Skylar Stilwell led the Jackets in scoring once again in both games, tossing in a season-high 24 points against Graham and 21 against Granbury.
Granbury shot 45 percent from the field overall, while the Jackets made 37 percent.
SHS out-rebounded the Pirates 37-28 and had a 6-1 edge in team steals.
SHS hit 39 percent from the field against Graham, which held a 33-26 rebounding edge.
The Jackets are a relatively young team this season, and are missing some players who are still involved in the football playoffs.
“We improved from the game against Graham, especially on the offensive end,” Brooks said after Tuesday’s game. “We made some young mistakes, but sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat because they did shoot the ball well.
“But we’ve been much improved the last week and a half, and I’m happy with the direction we’re heading.”
Calvin Darby was next for SHS in scoring against Graham, with eight points. Aidan Espinoza led the Jackets in rebounds, with six.
After the Graham matchup, Brooks predicted that the Steers may have success in District 6-4A, which includes perennially strong playoff contenders like Burkburnett and Wichita Falls Hirschi.
“They’re good. I think they’ll win their district,” Brooks said. “We played good in spurts. We’ve just got to put a complete game together. That’s common with a young team like us. Young guys get better with more play.”
In the Granbury game, Darby scored seven points for SHS and Mason Castleberry added six.
The next outing for the Jackets will be Tuesday, Nov. 26, at home against Dublin (varsity at 7:30 p.m.).