The Stephenville Honeybees improved to 6-0 on the season Tuesday night at home in Gandy Gym with a 40-38 girls basketball victory over Class 5A Aledo.

Kassidy Nowak was the top scorer for the Honeybees with 13 points. Alee McClendon was next with eight points and Mikayla Diaz scored seven.

SHS head coach Alan Thorpe noted that the team’s goal is to hold opponents’ scoring to under 40 points in each game.

“It was still 33 points with about two or three minutes left,” Thorpe said. “That was a good game. That will pay off for us down the stretch to win close games like that.”

While the Honeybees were steady on offense — scoring between nine and 11 points in each quarter — Aledo erupted for 17 points in the third quarter after trailing 19-16 at halftime. That put the Lady Bearcats in the lead, at 33-29, heading into the final quarter.

“They took us out of doing some things because of their size and the way they played us,” Thorpe said. “It was the first game coming back off the break. I thought we were rusty in some areas. I thought our conditioning was good. We ran the floor and pressed the whole game.”

Nowak scored six of her points in the final quarter and the Honeybees made seven of 12 free throws including three in the final two minutes.

SHS made 16 of its 27 free throws overall.

Starting Thursday (Nov. 29), the Honeybees were playing in Granbury in the Van Griffith Kia Invitational in Granbury, which is set to conclude Saturday (Dec. 1). The first game for the Honeybees was scheduled to be Thursday morning against Lake Dallas