GRANBURY — The Stephenville Honeybees won two of their four games Thursday through Saturday in the Van Griffith Kia Classic girls basketball tournament, and got some valuable playing time from some reserve players along the way.
Stephenville, a Class 4A squad, handed Class 6A Odessa Permian a 45-32 loss Saturday afternoon to close out the Honeybees’ part of the tournament with an extra game that was not part of the bracket. Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees held the Lady Panthers to single-digit scoring until late in the second quarter, and held a 31-12 trip at intermission.
Several SHS starters missed some playing time for various reasons. Jettie Funderburgh missed Friday while she was attending an FFA event, and Jayci Morton sat out Friday with a strained leg muscle. In Thursday’s Bridgeport game, two Honeybees fouled out in the fourth quarter.
“We got to play a lot of kids,” Thorpe said.
Thorpe noted that the Granbury tournament is a “strong, strong tournament. It was (Class) 4A and up. There is a lot of talent here, so it’s good for us. Every game was physical. I thought we came out and played really well. We handled Permian’s pressure really well.”
The Honeybees, now 8-2 on the season, were paced offensively in the Permian game by Madison Gilder and Hannah Bernays, who scored eight points each.
On Friday, the Honeybees’ seven-game win streak to start the season ended with a 51-43 loss to Bridgeport, then they fell to Class 5A Burleson Centennial that afternoon by just four points, 50-46.
Madison Gilder led the Honeybees in scoring in the Bridgeport game with 16 points. In the Centennial contest, Alee McClendon led SHS with 13 points, and Bernays and Mikayla Diaz tossed in 11 points apiece.
Friday, the Honeybees opened the tournament with a 54-50 victory over Lake Dallas, getting 14 points from Jayci Morton, along with 12 from Bernays and 11 from Kassidy Nowak.
In the subvarsity divisions of the same tournament, Stephenville won the freshman girls division, and finished as the runner-up in the junior varsity division.
The Honeybees are scheduled to play at home Tuesday night against Grandview. Their next action will be Thursday through Saturday in the Brownsboro tournament.